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(05/14/08) -

Fern¡ndez is Frontrunner in Dominican Ballot

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Dominican president Leonel Fernández is likely to secure his re-election in this week’s ballot, according to a poll by Noxa-Cies published in Clave. 54 per cent of respondents would back Fernández of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD).

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Dominican president Leonel Fernández is likely to secure his re-election in this week’s ballot, according to a poll by Noxa-Cies published in Clave. 54 per cent of respondents would back Fernández of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD).

Miguel Vargas Maldonado of the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD) is second with 36 per cent—up six points since March—followed by Amable Aristy Castro of the Social Christian Reformist Party (PRSC) with nine per cent, and Eduardo Estrella of the Fourth Way (LCV) with one per cent.

In the May 2004 presidential election, Fernández received 57.11 per cent of the vote, defeating incumbent Hipólito Mejía of the PRD and Estrella of the PRSC. Fernández had previously served as the Dominican Republic’s head of state from 1996 to 2000.

On May 10, Fernández’s government raised food subsidies, fearing that days of protests over increasing prices in neighbouring Haiti could be replicated in the country. The decision came just a day after the Industry and Commerce Ministry froze oil prices for the seven days preceding the presidential election. An official communiqué stated that the decision seeks to "wait until the spiralling bubble dissipates, which has been determining an upward trend for oil prices abroad."

The presidential election is scheduled for May 16. A candidate requires more than 50 per cent of the vote to be elected in the first round.

Polling Data

Who would you vote for in the next presidential election?

 

Apr. 2008

Mar. 2008

Feb. 2008

Leonel Fernández (PLD)

54%

54%

45%

Miguel Vargas Maldonado (PRD)

36%

30%

31%

Amable Aristy Castro (PRSC)

9%

8%

13%

Eduardo Estrella (LCV)

1%

1%

2%

Source: Noxa-Cies / Clave
Methodology: Interviews with 1,600 Dominican adults, conducted from Apr. 21 to Apr. 26, 2008. Margin of error is 2.5 per cent.