Public Opinion Strategies congratulates our client President-elect Juan Carlos Varela on his historic victory in Panama’s Presidential election on Sunday. Pollsters Rob Autry and Jim Burton were proud to provide the Varela Campaign with the research used to formulate strategy, messaging, and targeting efforts since 2012.
At a time when the major media pundits and pollsters had largely written off his candidacy, POS’ polling consistently showed President-elect Juan Carlos Varela’s message of “El Pueblo Primero” strongly resonating with Panamanian voters. While Varela’s come-from-behind eight-point victory surprised many on Election Day, it came as no surprise to us.
“Few candidates could have done what Juan Carlos Varela did – take a party with only 10% of the country’s registered voters and capture nearly 40% of the vote against six other candidates,” said Rob Autry. “That is a testament to the high quality of the candidate and the strong campaign team he assembled. We were thrilled to play a part in such an historic effort.”