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Costa Ricans’ Favorite Presidential Candidate: Undecided

LADB Article ID: 80478
Category/Department: Costa Rica
Date: 2017-12-14
By: George Rodríguez

Most Costa Rican voters say they plan to cast their ballot in the presidential elections two months from now, but about half of them say they are still wavering on which of the candidates to support. This uncertainty, coupled with a shortage of appealing candidates, is resulting in a cold electoral environment. Television campaign spots and gigantic––but not numerous¬¬––highway and street billboards are about the only signs of the ongoing campaign. According to the latest monthly poll by the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Políticos (CIEP) a political research center at the Universidad de Costa Rica, about 66% of voters plan to participate in the elections, but around 37% of them have not decided whom to back for president, or have been changing their minds. The undecided voters are generally prone to vary their support from one candidate to another as the election campaign process develops, according CIEP. In reporting its survey, CIEP pointed out that the study “reflects a cold political election atmosphere, since some 74.2% of the people do not talk about the campaign at home, and the majority have little interest and enthusiasm in this process.”

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