According to polls taken by the Daily Micronational, the race for the Aenderian Presydency has tightened considerably.
Despite early Aenderian News Network polls showing Eden comfortably ahead by a margin of as much as fifty points, a poll that closed today undertaken by this newspaper show that, in fact, the race is closer to a fifty-fifty split – were the election held today, with the citizens polled, neither Acting Presydent Horatio Eden or Democratic candidate Russell Gilzem would win a majority of votes.
This contrasts, however, with other analytics taken by the poll; of those polled, 75% had a favourable view of Horatio Eden, compared to 50% who had a positive opinion of Russell Gilzem. This makes Eden more popular than both Gilzem and the Aenderian legislature, the ALC, which likewise polled at 50%.
As to legislative elections, this, too, was evenly split between Gilzemian Democrats and Edenian Conservatives; the Centrist party did not register on any respondent’s radar, perhaps suggesting a deeper divide within Aenderian society on political grounds as people shift further towards the extremes on the political spectrum.
The poll will, in the main, make pleasant reading for the Eden camp, who can take comfort in the knowledge that the population of Aenderia consider his currently being under criminal investigation not relevant to the question of whether he would make a good Presydent or not. His case continues, and it remains legally unclear whether he could remain a candidate if he were convicted or – more urgently – if the court had the power to remove him from office if he were to win the election before the court could decide a verdict.
Another poll being run by the Aenderian News Network is also underway, though the ANN have not publicly stated the results. Their poll closes on the 6th of October.