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Toledo Leads Peru Presidential Poll, Ipsos Apoyo Says

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Jan. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Peru’s former President Alejandro Toledo leads in an opinion poll ahead of presidential elections in April, Ipsos Apoyo said.

Toledo, who was president of the Andean country between 2001 and 2006, had 27 percent support, up from 23 percent last month and 16 percent in October, according to an Ipsos Apoyo survey published in El Comercio newspaper today.

Support for Keiko Fujimori, a Peruvian congresswoman and daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori, rose 2 percentage points to 22 percent, while former Lima mayor Luis Castaneda fell to 19 percent, down 4 percentage points from last month. Opposition politician Ollanta Humala is at 10 percent, and former finance ministers Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and Mercedes Araoz had 5 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

The poll of 1,794 people in 17 Peruvian cities from Jan. 12 to 14 had a margin of error of 2.3 percentage points for Lima and 4.3 percentage points overall.

President Alan Garcia’s approval rating slid 2 percentage points from December to 30 percent, according to the Ipsos Apoyo poll. His five-year term ends in July. Peruvian law bars presidents from serving two consecutive terms.

To contact the reporter on this story: John Quigley in Lima at jquigley8@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Goodman at jgoodman19@bloomberg.net.

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