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Toledo Leads in Presidential Poll by Peru’s Catholic University

Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo took the lead in a poll by the South American country’s Catholic University, ahead of April’s election.

Toledo, who was president of Peru between 2001 and 2006, had the support of 29 percent of those surveyed, up from 22 percent in November, the Lima-based Catholic University’s Institute of Public Opinion said in a report posted on its website.

Support for Keiko Fujimori, a Peruvian congresswoman and daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori, fell two percentage points to 20 percent, the institute said. Former Lima mayor Luis Castaneda, who led the November poll, had 18 percent support, down seven percentage points.

Toledo also led in polls last month by survey groups Ipsos Apoyo, CPI and Datum Internacional.

“As in every campaign the candidates attack and criticize each other,” the Institute of Public Opinion said. “Toledo has benefited most from this, being often removed from the climate presented by the media.”

Ollanta Humala, head of the Andean country’s Nationalist Party, had 12 percent support in the Catholic University survey, and former finance minister Pedro Pablo Kuczynski had 4 percent support.

The first round of voting is scheduled for April 10.

The poll of 1,570 people in 19 of Peru’s 25 regions from Jan. 29 to Feb. 3 had a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points, the institute said. The institute didn’t conduct a survey in December.

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