Mulino takes lead in polls after replacing Martinelli on ballot

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By LatAm Reports Editor

Mulino takes 14 percentage points of advantage to his three closest rivals: Ricardo Lombana, Martín Torrijos and Rómulo Roux.

After the Supreme Court of Justice and the Electoral Tribunal forced the disqualification of the presidential candidate who led the preference of Panamanians Ricardo Martinelli; José Raúl Mulino immediately stood as the new favorite to succeed on May 5.

The new poll, conducted by the renowned firm Gallup Panama from 27-29 February, revealed that Mulino, backed by the parties Realizing Metas and Alianza, would also win the upcoming elections.

According to the firm Gallup, in the intention to vote with Mulino ballot obtained 27% of the preferences, after the judges of the Electoral Tribunal enabled him to run in Martinelli’s replacement.

The poll also states that Mulino is already taking 14 percentage points of advantage from his three closest rivals who would be Ricardo Lombana of the Movement Otro Camino; Martín Torrijos, of the Popular Party and Roux Romulus, for Democratic Change, all tied at 13%.

Independent candidate and mayoral candidate for San Miguelito, Zulay Rodriguez, is in fifth place with 10% of the score of the Gallup Panama poll. While far behind, they remain tied at 3%, the PRD’s government candidate, José Gabriel Carrizo, and the other two independent candidates Maribel Gordón and Melitón Arrocha.

In intentionvote, 14% of Panamans still don’t know which candidate to vote for,According to the survey conducted by Gallup Panama.

The surveyer’s questionnaire was made face to face, at the informant’s home, using a representative sample of the adult population across the country. As a guide, a structured questionnaire was used that on the face of closed and open questions, the latter contribute to the comprehensive understanding of the feeling of citizenship. The results, with a confidence level equal to 95%, have a margin of error of 2.8 points.

“The surveys are opinion studies subject to not reflecting the certainty of the results.”

This article has been translated from the original which first appeared in Panama America