Poll finds Chavez ahead of ri­val

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CARA­CAS | A new poll in Venezuela has found that more than 44 per­cent of re­spon­dents say they would vote to re-elect Pres­i­dent Hugo Chavez, giv­ing him a 13-point lead ahead of his op­po­si­tion ri­val.

The sur­vey was re­leased Thurs­day by Cara­cas polling firm Datanal­i­sis.

It found that about 25 per­cent of re­spon­dents ei­ther didn’t know which can­di­date they would choose in the Oct. 7 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion or didn’t an­swer. About 31 per­cent said they would vote for the chal­lenger, Mi­randa state Gov. Hen­rique Capriles.

Luis Vi­cente Leon is the firm’s pres­i­dent, and said the sur­vey ques­tioned about 1,300 peo­ple in Venezuela be­tween Feb. 29 and March 7. He said the poll had a mar­gin of er­ror of less than 3 per­cent­age points.

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