President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades maintains a comfortable lead to win in next year’s presidential election according to a poll presented by Antenna TV on Friday night.
The poll was conducted via 1,021 personal interviews with randomly selected subjects by CMRC Cypronetwork between October 19 and November 6.
Anastasiades was found to lead the race in the first round with 26.3 percent, followed by Papadopoulos with 19.7 percent and with Akel-backed Stavros Malas a close third with 17 percent.
Citizens Alliance candidate Yiorgos Lillikas got 4 percent, far-right Elam leader Christos Christou 3.6 percent and bondholders’ association leader Fivos Mavrovouniotis 0.9 percent.
Almost 16 percent (15.7) of respondents said they would not be voting, while almost 10 percent (9.6) would cast a blank or invalid vote.
On who is most likely to win, Anastasiades again topped the pile with 48.4 percent, with Papadopoulos and Malas trailing on 15.9 and 8.6 percent, as a quarter of respondents declined to answer.
In the run-off election, Anastasiades held on to his lead with 33 percent, opposite Papadopoulos’ 29.8 percent. Under this scenario, 21.9 percent said they would abstain from voting, 12.4 percent would cast a blank or invalid vote, and 2.9 percent said it is still undecided.