Two-thirds of Colombians to back potential peace deal in vote: poll

August 17, 2016 9:22 PM EDT

People celebrate the signing of a historic ceasefire deal between the Colombian government and FARC rebels at Botero square in Medellin, Colombia, June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Fredy Builes

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BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian voters will back a peace deal with Marxist FARC rebels in a plebiscite, according to an opinion poll released on Wednesday, in encouraging news for President Juan Manuel Santos, who wants voters to ratify an end to more than 50 years of war.

Negotiators are hammering out final details of the deal at talks in Havana. The constitutional court recently ruled that a vote can take place following the publication of the full accord and six weeks of campaigning.

The survey, conducted by polling firm Invamer on behalf of local media Caracol Television, Blu Radio and El Espectador newspaper, showed 67.5 percent of those voting would approve the deal, while 32.5 percent would vote against it.

To make the vote's result binding, the winning side would need a majority of votes cast and support totaling at least 13 percent of the country's 33 million eligible voters.

Colombia's principal opposition party, headed by hardline former President Alvaro Uribe, has said it will campaign for a 'no' vote.

The following table shows the results of recent surveys on the peace referendum.

July 4 July 7 August 8 August 17

Ipsos Gallup Ipsos Invamer

Voting(pct) 61 40 59 49.1

Voting in 36 28 39 67.5


Voting 25 6.8 50 32.5


Not 36 22 41 28.4


Margin of 3.1 3 3.1 5


Quorum met Yes Yes Yes Yes

Peace deal Yes Yes No Yes

would pass

(Reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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