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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

EL UNIVERSAL
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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That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending  in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.

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