While facing increased competition, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos remains the favorite candidate for May’s presidential elections, according to a Gallup poll released on Wednesday.
Third on the list is the Green Alliance’s candidate, Enrique Peñalosa, whose percentage also increased since February’s polling from 8.6% to 11.3%.
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Gallup polls since November
|When questioned about the main problems that the future president should focus on, 30.6% of those polled answered unemployment while 18.9% wanted better health care.|
Support for voting blank has dropped significantly following the congressional elections held earlier this month. February’s results had shown 28.1 % support for the blank vote, while the most recent results show 19.6% support.
Apart from these numbers, the survey also revealed that the majority of Colombians (58.1%) are pessimistic about the future of their country. This was 67% in November.
Little more than 30% of the polled Colombians said the main problem the future president should focus upon is unemployment. Another 18.9% said the priority should be the health sector.
Other priority issues for Colombians are corruption (10.2%), education (7.9%), crime (7%) and ongoing peace talks with rebel group FARC (6.6%).
Gallup is one of five pollsters measuring the public opinion ahead of the first round of the election on May 25.
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