President Mauricio Macri and former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner would lose against all other major candidates in a run-off presidential vote, a pollster reported Monday.
Observers in Argentina agree that the government and the Kirchnerite movement are betting on the country's societal and political polarisation as a ticket to the Pink House, though middle-of-the-road candidates pose a major threat to their chances.
If the October elections were brought forward to March, and were to lead to a run-off between the two strongest performing candidates, Macri would beat Fernández de Kirchner and Kirchnerite lawmaker Agustín Rossi by a slight margin, a poll by Synopsis reported.
Kirchnerite candidates, therefore, appear as Macri's only chance for a first-round wind, according to the survey's findings. The same applies for Kirchnerite candidates in relation to Cambiemos candidates.
Overall, 31.6 percent of those polled said they would vote for a candidate from Macri's Cambiemos (Let's Change) coalition, while 54.4 percent said they would put their vote to a candidate from another political movement. Nearly 14 percent remained undecided, the poll found.
The Kirchnerite movement enjoyed a similar voting intention as Cambiemos, with 32.8 percent affirming they would vote for a candidate aligned to Fernández de Kirchner.
For the dissident Peronist movement Federal Argentina, voting intention was 13.6 percent; while it was 4.9 percent for Progressives; 1.8 percent for the Left; and 5.4 percent for other movements.