Venezuela poll finds Hugo Chavez ahead of rival


CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A new poll in Venezuela has found that more than 44 percent of respondents say they would vote for President Hugo Chavez, giving him a 13-point lead ahead of his opposition rival.

The survey was released Thursday by Caracas polling firm Datanalisis. It found that about 25 percent of respondents either didn't know which candidate they would choose in the Oct. 7 election or didn't answer. About 31 percent said they would vote for the challenger, Miranda state Gov. Henrique Capriles.

Luis Vicente Leon is the firm's president and says the survey questioned about 1,300 people in Venezuela between Feb. 29 and March 7. He says the poll had a margin of error of less than 3 percentage points.