Lula retains lead over Bolsonaro in Brazil opinion poll ahead of election

Brazil's former president and pre-candidate for presidency Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva sits near pre-candidate for vice-presidency Geraldo Alckmin as they launch the guidelines of the government programme in Sao Paulo, Brazil June 21, 2022. ― Reuters pic

Brazil’s former president and pre-candidate for presidency Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva sits near pre-candidate for vice-presidency Geraldo Alckmin as they launch the guidelines of the government programme in Sao Paulo, Brazil June 21, 2022. ― Reuters pic

Friday, 24 Jun 2022 9:01 AM MYT

SAO PAULO, June 24 ― Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is retaining his lead over incumbent Jair Bolsonaro ahead of Brazil’s October presidential election, according to a Datafolha opinion poll released yesterday.

Lula drew 47 per cent support in the opinion poll against Bolsonaro’s 28 per cent. In May, Lula’s lead was 48 per cent to 27 per cent.

The polling results suggest time is running out for other candidates hoping to make it a three-way race. While leftist former state governor Ciro Gomes gained 1 percentage point from the last poll, he had the support of just 8 per cent of voters polled.

In a potential second-round runoff between the rivals, leftist leader Lula now has a 23 percentage-point lead over right wing Bolsonaro, down from 25 points in May, the survey showed.

This week, Lula presented an official government plan outlining priorities if elected, including a new fuel pricing policy, removing a cap on government spending, and dramatically reining in deforestation.

Lula welcomed yesterday’s poll results on Twitter, saying that despite a month of “TV advertising and a flood of fake news on the internet,” Brazilian people showed they want to “get rid” of the current government.

Bolsonaro’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Datafolha interviewed 2,556 Brazilians of voting age (16 years) on Wednesday and yesterday. The poll has a margin of error of 2 percentage points up or down. ― Reuters