Venezuela polls: Chavez leading rival by 10 points

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Opposition's presidential candidate Henrique Capriles waves to supporters during a campaign rally in Barinas, Venezuela, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012. Capriles is running against President Hugo Chavez in the country's Oct. 7 election. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A new poll in Venezuela has found that President Hugo Chavez has a 10-point lead over his rival Henrique Capriles ahead of next month's election.

The survey results were released on Tuesday by Datanalisis, one of Venezuela's most respected polling firms. The poll found that about 49 percent said they intend to vote for Chavez and about 39 percent said they plan to vote for Capriles.

Luis Vicente Leon, a director of the polling firm, said the survey also found that about 11 percent didn't reveal a preference.

The survey questioned 1,600 people between Aug. 25 and Sept. 5, and had a margin of error of about 2 percentage points.

The latest results showed Capriles narrowing Chavez's lead. In June, another poll by Datanalisis showed Chavez with 46 percent and Capriles with 31 percent.

Leon said Capriles' active campaigning in about 260 towns across the country has had an impact.