Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Rosario Murillo, have the support of more than seven in 10 voters three months before presidential and legislative elections, a poll released Monday showed.
Ortega — a former leftwing rebel who has led the Central American nation since 2007 is running for a third consecutive term.
He has nominated Murillo, already chief government spokesperson and a colorful character as next vice president.
At this point, little seems to stand in their way of winning the November 6 election, to which Ortega has barred outside monitors.
The opposition is fragmented and weakened by a court ruling that changed the leadership of a key party and booted many of its deputies from parliament.
According to the poll carried out by the M&R firm between July 27 and August 1, Ortega has 79 percent backing in the electorate, and Murillo has 73 percent.
The survey questioned 2,000 likely voters, and has a margin of error of 2.2 percentage points.
Ortega’s Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) party has 65 percent support, the poll showed.
Raul Obregon, a spokesman for M&R, told AFP that “the middle and upper class is where the biggest proportion of FSLN voters are.”