Brazil’s Rousseff leads in election race, support down: poll

BRASILIA (CIHAN)- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff remained front-runner to win a second term in office in the Oct. 5 election, but her support slipped in the past two months, according to a poll published on Sunday.

The poll by the MDA polling institute found that 37 percent of the people questioned would vote for the incumbent, down from 43.7 percent in the previous poll in February.

Two main opposition rivals were gaining ground, increasing the chances that an opposition contender can force this year’s election to a runoff, revealed the survey sponsored by the National Transports Confederation that represents private transportation businesses.
Support for Senator Aecio Neves from Brazilian Social Democracy Party jumped to 21.6 percent in the new poll from 17 percent in February, while approval for Eduardo Campos from the Brazilian Socialist Party rose from 9.9 percent to 11.8 percent.
The Rousseff administration’s approval rating fell to 32.9 percent in April from 36.4 percent in February, the poll found, while the president’s personal approval rating dropped to 47.9 percent from 55 percent.

The poll also showed in a scenario in which candidates of small political parties are included, Rousseff would garner 36.4 percent of the votes, followed by Neves with 21.2 percent and Campos with 11.1 percent.

Five other candidates, together, would get 2.1 percent of the votes, while 19 percent said they would vote null and 10.2 percent remain undecided, it showed.

In case of a second round, the poll indicated that Rousseff would win by a landslide against both Campos and Neves, with 39.2 percent of votes against Neves’ 29.3 percent, and 41.3 percent against Campos’ 24.4 percent of votes.

The poll questioned 2,002 people on April 20-25 and has a margin of error of 2.2 percentage points. (CihanXinhua)