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Mexico Populist Lopez Obrador Support Drops in Presidential Poll

  • Former first lady Zavala sees most backing in at least a year
  • Potential PRI candidate Osorio Chong also saw rise in approval

Support for Mexican populist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is dropping as former first lady Margarita Zavala gains, according to a poll of potential candidates for the nation’s July 2018 presidential election.

Preference for Zavala, a member of the National Action Party and the wife of former President Felipe Calderon, climbed to 32 percent, up from 27 percent in a poll published in February, according to El Financiero newspaper. Backing for Lopez Obrador, the runner-up to Calderon in 2006 and to President Enrique Pena Nieto in 2012, dropped to 29 percent from 33 percent. Support for Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, of Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, rose to 27 percent from 20 percent. The poll of 1,120 adults published Tuesday was taken March 17 to 21 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points