In a survey released today for Peru’s daily La Republica, 54% of Peruvians polled said they believe the Conga gold mining project (Yanacocha SA, the JV between Newmont (NEM), Buenaventura (BVN) and a tiny slice of World Bank) should go ahead, versus 36% who disagreed with the project. That’s a reasonably decent result for the pro-mine lobby, but it’s even better when you realize that the same pollster, GfK, had opinion on the same question much closer just one month ago.
In Peru at least, Ollanta’s winning this one. The survey was of 1,400 people nationally (500 in Lima/Callao, 900 in Provinces) and was taken between April 19th and April 21st. Margin of error +/-2.6%. Full details here.