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Poll shows Brazil leader’s rival gaining ground

May 9, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) — A new poll published Friday shows a rival candidate is creeping up on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff ahead of the October 5 presidential elections, though she still holds a strong lead.

The Datafolha poll showed that 37 percent of the people questioned would vote for Rousseff. That is 1 percentage point less than the 38 percent she had in Datafolha’s April poll, but within the 2 percentage point margin of error.

The number of people who said they would vote for Sen. Aecio Neves increased 4 percentage points, reaching 20 percent. Former Pernambuco state Gov. Eduardo Campos came in third with 11 percent.

Datafolha interviewed 2,844 people across Brazil on May 7 and 8.

Fifty-eight percent of the registered voters questioned said they would prefer to see Rousseff’s predecessor and mentor, former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as the candidate for the ruling Workers Party.

The results of Datafolha’s poll were similar to those of a poll conducted in late April by the MDA polling institute for the National Transport Confederation. In that poll, 37 percent of those questioned said they would vote for Rousseff. That was down from almost 44 percent in the confederation’s previous poll in February.

The poll indicated that 22 percent of those questioned would vote for Neves while 12 percent would vote for Campos.

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