* Fernandez has huge lead over opposition challengers
* Socialist Binner moves into distant second place
BUENOS AIRES, Sept 14 Argentine President
Cristina Fernandez has a massive lead over a splintered field
of opponents less than six weeks from a presidential election,
a poll showed on Wednesday.
Fernandez's support now stands at 51.9 percent, more than
40 points ahead of her nearest rival -- Socialist provincial
governor Hermes Binner, the survey by local pollsters
Management & Fit showed.
Center-leftist Fernandez won just over 50 percent of votes
in an August primary, which was seen as a dress rehearsal for
the Oct. 23 election because all political parties had already
anointed their candidates and voters could choose among them.
Binner has voter support of 11.6 percent, Wednesday's poll
showed. That marked an increase of 1 point on his performance
in the primaries and put him ahead of Ricardo Alfonsin, a
social democratic legislator who had been running second.
Alfonsin trailed third with 7.5 percent, down from the 12
percent he polled in the August primary.
Management & Fit's survey showed San Luis provincial
governor Alberto Rodriguez Saa in fourth place on 6.0 percent.
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Fernandez, a center-left Peronist who chose Economy
Minister Amado Boudou as her vice presidential candidate, vows
to continue current policies that include a strong state hand
in the economy, hefty energy and transportation subsidies and
She is enjoying approval ratings of close to 60 percent
thanks to brisk economic growth, the opposition's failure to
mount a convincing challenge and lingering public sympathy
following the death last year of her husband and predecessor as
president, Nestor Kirchner.
Under Argentine election law, candidates are guaranteed a
first-round victory if they win more than 45 percent of votes
or at least 40 percent with a 10-point advantage over the next
The Management & Fit poll was taken between Sept. 2 and
Sept. 6 among 2,031 people. The margin of error is plus or
minus 3.1 percentage points.
(Reporting by Alejandro Lifschitz; Writing by Helen Popper)
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