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Monday, April 06, 2009

Correa Clearly Ahead of Rivals in Ecuador

March 29, 2009

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - Rafael Correa could earn a new term in Ecuador, according to a poll by Santiago Pérez Investigaciones y Estudios. 52 per cent of respondents would vote for the current president in next month’s election.

Former president Lucio Gutiérrez is second with 12 per cent, followed by Álvaro Noboa of the Institutional Renewal Party of National Action (PRIAN) with 11 per cent, and Martha Roldós—the daughter of former head of state Jaime Roldós—with eight per cent.

Correa, a former finance minister, ran for president as an independent leftist under the Alliance Country (AP) banner. In November 2006, Correa defeated Noboa in a run-off with 56.69 per cent of the vote. He officially took over as Ecuador’s head of state in January 2007. Correa’s party nominated no candidates to the National Congress.

In September 2008, Ecuadorian voters ratified a new constitution in a nationwide referendum. The draft was approved by the pro-government majority in the Constituent Assembly. Under the terms of the new constitution, Ecuador will hold a new presidential election on Apr. 19. Correa is eligible for a new term in office.

Earlier this month, Correa discussed his views on the global financial crisis, saying, "Ecuador will pass this difficult test, of a crisis that was not created by the Ecuadorian government, that was not created by Latin America, but created by the developed world. We are the victims of their mistakes, their abuses, and their dishonesty."

Polling Data

If the presidential election were held today, who would you vote for?

Rafael Correa


Lucio Gutiérrez


Álvaro Noboa


Matha Roldós


Spoiled / Blank ballot


Source: Santiago Pérez Investigaciones y Estudios
Methodology: Interviews with 1,700 Ecuadorian adults, conducted on Mar. 21, 2008. Margin of error is 3 per cent.

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