Brazil's ruling party candidate leads opinion polls

12:26, October 11, 2010      

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Brazil's ruling Workers' Party candidate Dilma Rousseff won 54 percent of voter support in the second round of opinion polls for the presidential elections to be held on Oct. 31, the Datafolha Institute said Sunday.

Rousseff was followed by Jose Serra with 46 percent, the candidate of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB).

However, since four percent of voters said they could change their minds plus seven percent of voters were still indecisive, the difference between the two candidates could be reduced in the next round of polls.

Due to this, representatives of both the Workers' Party and the PSDB have begun contacting the candidate of the Green Party, Marina Silva, who used to be a member of the Workers' Party and resigned as environment minister to run in the presidential elections.

Silva seemed to be unable to gain more than one percent of votes at the beginning, but the result of the first round showed that she got 19.3 percent.

Both Rousseff and Serra are now seeking Silva's support, as her support would assure their victory in the next round.

However, experts believed Silva would probably hold a neutral position, not supporting any of the candidates in the next round but leaving her supporters to make their own decisions.

According to the latest opinion poll, 51 percent of those who voted for Silva preferred Serra, while 22 percent would vote for Rousseff.

Source: Xinhua


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