Michelle Bachelet and Evelyn Matthei would face each other in a runoff vote if Chile's presidential election were next weekend, according to results of the Ipsos poll released Tuesday.
While 32 percent of respondents said they planned to vote for Bachelet, a former head of state representing the center-left New Majority, 20 percent expressed support for Matthei, standard-bearer of the governing rightist coalition.
Ipsos interviewed 1,400 Chilean adults by telephone during the period Oct. 8-18.
"The second round will be between the two daughters of generals," Ipsos director Cristian Lehuede told a press conference.
Matthei and Bachelet, both the offspring of air force generals, were childhood friends, but their paths diverged sharply after the Sept. 11, 1973, military coup that overthrew President Salvador Allende.
Bachelet's father, who opposed the putsch, died as a result of torture by his erstwhile brothers-in-arms. Matthei's dad became a member of the junta.
The results announced Tuesday were from the third of four tracking polls Ipsos plans to conduct before the Nov. 17 election.
Support for independent right-wing hopeful Franco Parisi stands at 14 percent in the latest survey, compared with 7 percent for progressive candidate Marco Enriquez-Ominami.
Eleven percent of likely voters told Ipsos they remain undecided.
Respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 show less intention to cast ballots, Lehuede said. EFE