Mexico’s PRI could return to power in 2012 – polls

MEXICO CITY, Dec 6 (BestGrowthStock) – Mexico’s main opposition
party is in good shape to return to power in 2012 in the
country it ruled for seven decades, according to two polls
published on Monday.

A poll in daily El Universal showed 27.4 percent of voters
would choose the the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) if
the 2012 presidential elections were held today.

President Felipe Calderon’s National Action Party (PAN)
would lag with 23.9 percent of the vote, the poll of 992 people
showed, 1 percentage point down on the last poll in September.
PRI support grew 2.5 percentage points in the same period.

A separate survey in Excelsior newspaper had similar
results, with 51 percent of respondents saying there should be
a change of government at the polls in July 2012.

Excelsior said 45 percent of the 400 interviewees thought
that a PRI return to power in 2012 would mean an improvement
instead of a political setback.

Founded in 1929, the PRI was one of the world’s
longest-ruling parties until the PAN ousted it in 2000.

With no official candidates lined up yet, the Universal
poll suggested the PRI’s fortunes are largely tied to the
popular governor of the state of Mexico, Enrique Pena.

If Pena is the PRI’s candidate, he would win between 39.4
and 41.7 percent of the vote, the survey showed, after
presenting respondents with various combinations of
candidates.

But if the PRI put up Senate president and former Sonora
state governor Manlio Fabio against current PAN Finance
Minister Ernesto Cordero, Cordero would win 40.2 percent of
votes to just 13.4 percent for Fabio, the poll showed.

Parties are expected to choose their candidates in the
course of the next 12 months.
(Reporting by Cyntia Barrera Diaz; Editing by Anthony Boadle)

Mexico’s PRI could return to power in 2012 – polls