Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Poll Shows Incumbent Trailing in Puerto Rico Governor’s Race

Challenger Alejandro Garcia Padilla is leading incumbent Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño by 7 percentage points six months before the election, according to a voter survey that El Nuevo Dia published on Monday.

The standard-bearer of the main opposition PPD came in at 38 percent, compared with 31 percent for Fortuño and 4 percent for pro-independence candidate Juan Dalmau.

Eleven percent of those polled said they would not vote and another 11 percent described themselves as undecided.

The result of the survey is almost the same as in the poll conducted by the newspaper in March.

El Nuevo Dia emphasizes that the results show that Garcia Padilla, despite the advantage indicated by the poll, has not managed to pull significantly ahead of Fortuño, who is suffering from a term in office marked by high crime and growing unemployment.

The gubernatorial election in Puerto Rico will be held on Nov. 6, coinciding with a non-binding referendum in which the public will be asked for its view of the political relationship between the Caribbean island and the United States.

Fortuño’s PNP favors U.S. statehood for Puerto Rico, while the PPD argues for enhanced commonwealth status. EFE