The survey by polling firm Consulta Mitofsky showed Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, running for the third time, had 32.6 percent of support, up from 31.9 percent in April.

Leftist front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), speaks during the 16th National Tourism Forum at the Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City, Mexico May 7, 2018.
Leftist front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), speaks during the 16th National Tourism Forum at the Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City, Mexico May 7, 2018. ( Reuters )

Mexican presidential frontrunner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador extended his lead to more than 12 points over his nearest rival ahead of the July 1 vote, according to a poll published on Tuesday.

The survey by polling firm Consulta Mitofsky showed Lopez Obrador, running for the third time, had 32.6 percent of support, up from 31.9 percent in April.

Second-placed Ricardo Anaya, the candidate of the "For Mexico in Front" coalition of three parties from the right and left, saw his backing fall slightly to 20.5 percent, versus 20.8 in the previous survey.

Ricardo Anaya, presidential candidate for the National Action Party (PAN), a part of the coalition
Ricardo Anaya, presidential candidate for the National Action Party (PAN), a part of the coalition "For Mexico in Front", addresses supporters during a campaign rally in Mexico City, Mexico May 10, 2018. ( Reuters )

Ruling party candidate Jose Antonio Meade slipped to 14.5 percent support, from 16.9 percent in April. Independent candidate Margarita Zavala also saw support slip to 2.7 percent.

Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) presidential candidate Jose Antonio Meade gestures during a campaign rally in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico May 9, 2018.
Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) presidential candidate Jose Antonio Meade gestures during a campaign rally in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico May 9, 2018. ( Reuters )

The face-to-face poll of 1,000 people, taken between May 11 and 13, had a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points and 26.8 percent of those surveyed expressed no preference.

Most polls have shown Lopez Obrador growing his lead, but some have shown small growth for Anaya.

Former Mexico City Mayor Lopez Obrador recently softened his often harsh tone with business leaders, offering to put out the construction of the capital city's new airport to a concession and even holding a meeting with BlackRock Chief Executive Larry Fink.

A second televised presidential debate will be held on May 20 in the northern border city of Tijuana.

Source: Reuters