Mexico's presidential frontrunner dips in poll

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 10, 2012 3:58 PM

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Support for the frontrunner in Mexico's presidential race, opposition candidate Enrique Pena Nieto, fell by 2.6 percentage points in the first poll of the year after a series of public gaffes dented his polished image.

The poll, conducted by Consulta Mitofsky, showed the former governor from the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, garnering 42 percent support when compared to the other top candidates, a dip from the last survey in November when he received 44.6 percent support.

Josefina Vazquez Mota, from the ruling conservative National Action Party (PAN), rose to 20.8 percent support while leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who narrowly lost the 2006 election, garnered 17.2 percent. The survey had a margin of error of up to 3.1 percentage points, with a 95 percent confidence rate.

(Reporting by Anahi Rama and Mica Rosenberg; Editing by Sandra Maler)