Friday, September 12, 2014

Brazil: Rousseff, Silva Reportedly in Dead-Heat in Run-Up to October 5 Election

According to The Latin American TribuneBrazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her main challenger, Marina Silva, in the upcoming election, are virtually tied in voting intentions in both the first and second rounds, according to the latest opinion survey on the vote. 

Released on Wednesday (September 10), the results of the poll revealed that Rousseff garnered 36% of the vote in the October 5 election, followed by Silva with 33%. 

In third place, Social Democrat Aecio Neves would receive 15% of votes cast if elections were held today. 

Other candidates trailed far behind, attracting just 4% each. 

COMMENT: Last week, a Datafolha survey indicated that Rousseff had 35% support and Silva 34%, with Neves coming in at 14%.

If a second round were to be held, Silva was projected to win 47% to Rousseff's 43%.

Silva, a former environment minister, enjoyed a rise in support in the polls after formally replacing Brazilian Socialist Party candidate Eduardo Campos after he died in a plane crash. 

The survey, carried out at the request of the newspaper, "Folha de São Paulo" and the "Globo communications group," was the largest yet in the present campaign, consulting 10,568 voters in 373 municipalities between Monday and Tuesday (September 8-9).