Poll Update: In Mexico, Meade Rises but AMLO Rises More

By Carin Zissis

In a March El Financiero presidential poll, the PRI’s José Antonio Meade takes the number two spot by a hair, but frontrunner Andrés Manuel López Obrador now has an 18-point edge.

It’s been a wild ride so far and the official campaigns haven’t even started yet. In recent weeks, one of the top candidates, Ricardo Anaya, tried to distance himself from money laundering accusations. The electoral agency announced that the three independent hopefuls submitted hundreds of thousands of fake signatures, leaving the possibility of competing in serious doubt for two of them. A racy reggaeton song that backs frontrunner Andrés Manuel López Obrador went viral nationwide, but nobody wants to take credit for producing it.

Throughout it all, the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has been making the case that its candidate, José Antonio Meade, will start gaining steam. A new El Financiero poll shows his steady—but slow—rise to the number two spot. The survey also finds López Obrador, who pledges to reexamine the market-friendly reforms ushered through by the current government, gaining an even greater lead. On the other hand, a large portion of voters aren’t so sure about which candidate they’ll choose.

We look at the poll results and how top voter concerns have evolved. You can also visit our Mexico poll tracker.