CARACAS, Monday July 16, 2012 | Update
ELECTION 2012 | According to opinion poll in June

Datanálisis gives Chávez 15.3 points ahead of Capriles Radonski

The number of undecided narrowed to 23.1% in June from 28.7% the previous month

Monday July 16, 2012  02:28 PM

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez overtakes his challenger Henrique Capriles Radonski by 15.3 percentage points in the intent to vote for the presidential election to be held next October 7. However, the gap between the two of them slightly shortened in June for the second month in a row, according to a survey conducted by pollster Datanálisis.

Both candidates succeeded in attracting last month a small portion of undecided voters. This group, according to experts, will be pivotal in the election. At that time, Chávez will try to counter a united opposition around Capriles Radonski in an attempt at extending his office to 20 years.

Based on Datanálisis numbers, the intent to vote on behalf of the retired military surged by 2.5 percentage points to 46.1% in June relative to the prior month, whereas that of the opposition candidate leapt 3.1 points to 30.8% in the same term.

"As long as the campaign heats, it is normal for numbers to get narrower," said Luis Vicente León, the pollster's president when disclosing the results.

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