Photo: Dilma Rousseff
Incumbent President Dilma Rousseff has a lead of 20 percentage points over her main challenger in the race for Brazil’s Oct. 5 elections, a poll released Thursday shows.
Forty percent of those surveyed by firm Instituto Ibope said they planned to vote for Rousseff, compared with 20 percent for Aecio Neves.
In third place is socialist Eduardo Campos, with the support of 11 percent of those intending to vote.
If the election goes to a runoff, which would be required if no candidate wins outright, Rousseff would defeat Neves by 43 percent to 24 percent, according to polling data, and would prevail over Campos by 42 percent to 22 percent.
Recent surveys conducted by Ibope had detected a slight drop in support for Rousseff, who had been at 40 percent in March but fell to 37 percent last month.
In Neves’ case, the intention to vote for him among the public is following a rising curve and stood at 13 percent in March, 14 percent in April but now stands at 20 percent.
Campos, meanwhile, has gained 5 percentage points compared with his standing in earlier polls.
Ibope said that the survey was carried out between May 15-19 among 2,002 registered voters around the country and has an error margin of +/- 2 percent.