Poll Tracker: Chile’s 2021 Presidential Race

By Luisa Horwitz

See how the competition between presidential hopefuls is taking shape ahead of the July 18 primaries.

Chile’s race for the 2022-2026 presidential term is gaining speed and on July 18, voters will choose which candidates will advance to the general elections on November 21. President Sebastián Piñera of the conservative National Renewal party can’t run due to limits on consecutive terms. With all primary candidates having registered by May 19, showdowns have been brewing in the past few weeks over who will represent the major party coalitions. The left has a primary faceoff between the Broad Front and the Communist Party, while on the right, the Let’s Go Chile coalition will see several candidates from four different parties contend for the top spot. A number of candidates independent of coalitions are also in the running, though they will not be on the ballot July 18.

Daniel Jadue of the leftist Communist Party and Joaquín Lavín of Piñera’s centre-right Let’s Go Chile coalition—who are both mayors in Santiago Province—are considered to be among the frontrunners for the presidency.

Chileans will also vote for 27 of 55 senators and all 155 seats in the Chamber of Deputies in both the July primaries and the November elections. A presidential runoff takes place on December 19 if no candidate receives a first-round majority vote.

AS/COA Online takes a look at the polls.

This tracker was initially published June 10, 2021.