Mexico presidential favorite Pena Nieto has clear lead: poll

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Posted: Mar 28, 2012 9:28 AM

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican presidential front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto will start the election campaign on Friday with a clear lead in support over his rivals, a poll showed on Wednesday.

Pena Nieto, of the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), has 36 percent backing, while Josefina Vazquez Mota of President Felipe Calderon's National Action Party (PAN) trailed in second with 26 percent, the voter survey by newspaper Reforma showed.

Mexico will elect a new president on July 1.

Leftist hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who narrowly lost the 2006 election to Calderon, was back in third with 18 percent, according to the poll. The survey was conducted between March 22 and 26 and surveyed 1,343 Mexicans.

The margin of error was 2.7 percent, the newspaper said. The poll is the first the paper has published since the main parties officially selected their candidates.

(Reporting By Dave Graham; Editing by Vicki Allen)