Is Funes' strength growing?
A new university-sponsored poll shows a much larger Funes lead than previous polls:
Public support for Mauricio Funes of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) is high in El Salvador, according to a poll by Universidad Francisco Gavidia. 47.4 per cent of respondents would vote for Funes in next year’s presidential election.
Rodrigo Ávila of the governing conservative Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) is a distant second with 23.8 per cent. Less than five per cent of respondents would vote for other candidates, and roughly one-in-four are undecided.