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Banned from running, but 2020 election poll puts Medina in the lead

According to a poll conducted by CID Latin America, 64% of registered Dominican voters approve of the presidency of incumbent Danilo Medina and 33% disapprove, another 3% did not express an opinion. The majority (52%) of those polled supports the ruling Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), followed by those who back the leading opposition party, the Revolutionary Modern Party (PRM) with 22%. According to the poll, 6% back the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD) that ran as an ally of the PLD in the 2016 election; 2% are in favor of the Social Christian Reform Party (PRSC) and 2% favor other parties, with 16% saying they would not vote for any party.

The poll was carried out from 18 to 22 August 2017, among 1,201 people with a margin of error of 2.8 and confidence level of 95%.

The survey asked followers of the ruling Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), for their preferences. The most favored legitimate pre-candidates according to the 2015 Constitution are Vice President Margarita Cedeño with 24%, former President Leonel Fernández with 18%, Environment Minister Francisco Domínguez Brito 11%, Tourism Minister Francisco Javier García 8%, president of the Senate Reinaldo Pared Pérez 7%, Public Works Ministry Gonzalo Castillo 3%, Education Minister Andrés Navarro 2%. Others 5%, undecided 22%.

President Danilo Medina is prohibited by the 2015 Constitution from running for President. He was also banned from running for re-election in 2016, but the ruling PLD pushed forward a change of the 2012 Constitution so he could run. That Constitution had been changed to enable President Hipólito Mejía to seek re-election in 2012 that he lost to Medina.

Nevertheless, when included in the list of potential presidential candidates, Medina received 42% of the preference of voters, followed by former President Leonel Fernández, who received 18%, Vice President Margarita Cedeño’s popularity as presidential candidate slid to 3%, the president of the Senate Reinaldo Pared Pérez had 3%, Tourism Minister Francisco Javier García 3%, others 8%, and undecided 24%.

The survey also looked into preferences for presidential candidate among the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM), the runner up in the 2016 election. Among those aspiring for the presidential candidacy for the PRM, Luis Abinader leads with 54% versus 37% for former President Hipólito Mejía.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Aug 31, 2017

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