Columbians are shifting toward the political center, according to research by LSC professor Hernando Rojas and colleagues at Externado de Colombia University and the University of Texas-Austin. The survey found that while the share of Columbians who identify with more centrist views has climbed from 42 percent in 2006 to 52 percent in 2008, those who see themselves aligned with the left dropped from 20 percent to 17 percent, and those who lean to the right dropped from 37 to 31 percent. Not surprisingly, the findings received plenty of attention in Columbia, where they generated interviews on two television stations, and five national radio stations as well as a front page article in El Tiempo, Colombia’s leading daily newspaper. They also garnered coverage in Mexican media.
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