Study shows tie in upcoming elections in Costa Rica | News

With two weeks remaining for the celebration of this year’s presidential and legislative elections in Costa Rica, there are still no certainties about which political force will receive the greatest support from voters, according to the results published this Thursday from the survey by the Research Center and Political Studies (CIEP) of the University of Costa Rica (UCR).

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Three of the matches register a technical draw. The survey (with a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points) places José María Figueres of the National Liberation Party (PLN) in first place with 15 percent of support.

Following are Lineth Saborío, from the Christian Social Unity Party (PUSC) with 14 percent, and Fabricio Alvarado, from Nueva República (PNR), with 11 percent.

In a second group are 8 percent José María Villalta, from the Broad Front (FA), 6 percent for Rodrigo Chaves, from the Social Democratic Progress (PPSD), and 3 percent for Eliécer Feinzaig, from the Progressive Liberal (PLP). . The rest, made up of 19 presidential candidates, have support below the margin of error.

The study also explores the future behavior of the electorate. Although 86 percent of those surveyed are ready to vote, 41 percent do not know for whom.

According to the pollsters, this result is 2 percentage points lower than the one reported on January 19, 2022 and the same figure recorded in December 2021 (using the panel methodology).

The results confirm that 47 percent will postpone the decision to vote until “the last week before the elections,” while 25 percent of the population surveyed mentioned that they will not decide on one of the candidates until “the day of the election.” choice”.

The CIEP political scientist and researcher for the State of the Nation Program, Ronald Alfaro, pointed out that the conditions imposed by the pandemic in 2022 could be defining, since the restrictions have limited traditional interactions between voters.

“When people have to make the decision to vote they usually use certain ‘shortcuts’. They can ‘leave’ for a political party, for a candidate or for what their close people think, but at this moment all those shortcuts seem broken”, he concluded.