LIMA (Reuters) - Right-wing lawmaker Keiko Fujimori is gaining on left-wing nationalist Ollanta Humala but the two are in a technical tie ahead of Peru’s June 5 presidential run-off, polls by Ipsos Apoyo and Datum showed on Sunday.
Peru’s stock index closed up 5.5 percent on Friday as traders bet Fujimori, who is preferred by investors, would edge ahead of Humala for the first time in the polls.
Ipsos Apoyo’s nationwide survey showed Fujimori with 41 percent and Humala with 39 percent. The 2-point advantage for the daughter of former President Albert Fujimori was within the poll’s 2.2-point margin of error.
The Datum survey gave Humala, a former army officer, 40 percent and Fujimori 39.1 percent. The national survey polled 5,010 voters, the largest data sample of any run-off poll yet, and had a 1.4-point margin of error.
The previous survey from Datum had given Humala 41.5 percent of the vote compared with Fujimori’s 40.3 percent.
Humala has moderated his message since narrowly losing the 2006 presidential race and pledges to maintain current economic policies in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.
But polls show many voters continue to believe he would roll back two decades of free-market reforms and nationalize key industries if elected.
Hamala has recently come under attack in the local press for discrepancies in his moderate public statements and his official campaign platform that suggests Peru’s many free trade agreements should be renegotiated.
“(Fujimori) started to advance as a result of questions about Humala’s government plan,” Ipsos Apoyo Director Alfredo Torres said on television.
Fujimori, 35, finished 8 points behind Humala in the first-round vote on April 10. She is trying to distance herself from her father, who is charged with corruption and human rights abuses.
Both candidates are courting moderate voters who will decide the election.
Ipsos Apoyo surveyed 1,994 people from April 30 to May 6 and showed 20 percent of voters are undecided or do not plan to vote for either candidate. The Datum survey, done May 1-6, showed 20.9 percent are uncommitted. (Reporting by Caroline Stauffer; Editing by John O’Callaghan)