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CID Gallup Poll: 70% believe that political prisoners should be released

73% of Nicaraguans considers that the detentions of political prisoners in Nicaragua are “unjust” and the 67% believe that the political trials of the 167 prisoners of conscience in the prisons of Daniel Ortega must be annulled and the detainees must be released, while the 20% believe they should be judgeds, according to the results of the most recent survey conducted by the CID Gallup firm.

In the survey, sponsored by CONFIDENTIAL, the firm consulted a total of 1000 Nicaraguan citizens between December 5 and 13 through cell phones, nationwide, so the results have a margin of error of +/- 3.1 points, and a level of 95% confidence.

According to the survey sample, the 52% of respondents are women and 48% men; 22% are between 16 and 24 years old, 26% between 25 and 34 years old, 23% between 35 and 44 years old, 15% between 45 and 54 years old, and 7% over 55 years old. Regarding educational levels, 44% have primary education, 44% higher education, and 12% university education.

In the prisons of Daniel Ortega there are at least 160 people considered prisoners of conscienceOf these, 40 were detained between the end of May and October and another 27 in November, among them are seven presidential candidates, civic leaders, journalists, businessmen, human rights activists, students and former diplomats.

On November 8, during an act of celebration for his re-election without competition, Ortega, called “sons of bitches” political prisoners and argued that the United States “should take them away.”

81% of respondents said they did not agree that Ortega called them “sons of bitches”, and only 12% showed their approval of the use of that hate sentence against prisoners of conscience.

In this regard, CID Gallup asked the Nicaraguans if the United States should take the political prisoners “because they are not Nicaraguans as President Ortega said,” and only the 16% of those consulted said he agreed with it, while the 70% consider that they should be released and enjoy their rights as Nicaraguans.

Similarly, only 20% said he agreed that Ortega’s speech seeks to defend the country’s sovereignty, as stated by the Sandinista leader, who also approved a package of laws, including the Sovereignty Law or Law 1055, that he has applied to a dozen political prisoners to keep them in jail.

CID Gallup Poll: 70% believe that political prisoners should be released

On the contrary, 64% of citizens consider that Ortega’s speech generates hatred and violence in Nicaragua. The arrests made by the Ortega police have been plagued by irregularities and human rights organizations have indicated that these lack a legal basisIn addition, political prisoners have been subjected to trials without the presence of their lawyers and they are even carried out in the early hours of the morning, among a dozen other anomalies.

Political prisoners lead favorable opinions

The political prisoners Juan Sebastián Chamorro, detained in “el nuevo Chipote”, and Cristiana Chamorro, under house arrest, both presidential candidates, lead the favorable opinions of the country’s political personalities, while the Governors Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo lead the highest rates of negative opinions.

The economist and former executive director of the Civic Alliance has 61% of favorable opinion and 26% of unfavorable opinion, while the former president of the Violeta de Chamorro Foundation has 61% of favorable opinion and 30% of unfavorable opinion; on the other hand, Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo have 35% and 31% of favorable opinion, respectively, and the highest index of unfavorable opinion of 57%.

CID Gallup Poll: 70% believe that political prisoners should be released

Other political prisoners, presidential candidates, such as Miguel Mora (56%), Félix Maradiaga (55%), Medardo Mairena (52%), and Arturo Cruz (51%), have favorable opinions above 50%, while the main political operators of the Ortega Murillo family, Fidel Moreno and César Zamora, have favorable opinions of 30% and 25%, respectively.

Among the leaders of the private sector, the former president of the Superior Council of Private Enterprise, José Adán Aguerri, has 50% favorable opinions; the recently elected president of Cosep, César Zamora, has a 27% favorable opinion and 26% an unfavorable opinion. Zamora assumed the presidency of Cosep after the arrest Illegal by Michael Healy, who has 24% of favorable opinion and the same percentage of unfavorable opinion.

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