New Peru Poll Shows Castillo’s Lead Over Fujimori Narrowing

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Leftist Peruvian presidential candidate Pedro Castillo maintained a shrinking but commanding lead over Keiko Fujimori ahead of the June 6 election, according to a poll released Friday by Datum.

The survey, taken April 27-29, shows Castillo with 44% of voter preference versus 34% for former lawmaker Fujimori. A full 11% of voters remain undecided, and 11% plan to cast blank or invalidated ballots.

New Peru Poll Shows Castillo’s Lead Over Fujimori Narrowing

Castillo’s lead over Fujimori narrowed by five points since the last Datum survey conducted April 16-20.

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In a sign of how polarized the race is, 49% of those who planned to vote for Castillo said they were doing so because they “reject” Fujimori. Likewise, 59% of those voting for Fujimori said they were doing so because of their dislike of Castillo.

In addition, 49% of respondents said they believed Fujimori -- the daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori -- would be an “authoritarian” leader. Some 42% said they thought Castillo would create a leftist government “like Venezuela.”

The poll tracks with other surveys that show Castillo with a significant lead.

The Datum survey of 1,205 people had a margin of error of +/-2.8%

On Thursday, Castillo was forced to suspend a campaign rally in Lima after he said he was diagnosed with a throat infection. His campaign has said he’ll resume activities Friday and meet Fujimori for a debate Saturday.

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