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Silva Loses Support in Brazil Poll That Shows Tie in Runoff

Friday, 19 Sep 2014 09:31 AM

Opposition candidate Marina Silva lost support in a Datafolha poll that shows a runoff against President Dilma Rousseff is too close to call.

Silva’s support in the first round fell to 30 percent from 33 percent, according to the poll published early morning in the digital edition of Folha de S.Paulo newspaper. Rousseff garnered 37 percent in the survey of 5,340 people conducted Sept 17-18. In the second round Silva has 46 percent, compared to 44 percent for Rousseff, a lead that falls within the plus or minus two percentage point margin of error. Silva’s advantage was 10 percentage points in the end of August.

Rousseff has stepped up criticism of Silva’s proposals to slow inflation and tighten fiscal policy, saying they would jeopardize jobs and salaries. Brazilians go to the polls Oct. 5 after the economy slipped into recession and inflation breached the 6.5 percent ceiling of policy makers’ target range.

Rousseff says slow economic growth stemmed from an adverse global economy, and social policies implemented by her government protected the poor from an international crisis. Silva, who wants to limit presidential mandates to one five-year term, says Rousseff is the first president in a generation to leave Brazil worse off than when she took office.

The real gained 0.3 percent to 2.3569 per U.S. dollar at 9:30 a.m. local time. Swap rates maturing January 2021, the most traded in Sao Paulo, fell 0.06 percentage points 11.49 percent.

Brazilian Social Democracy Party candidate, Aecio Neves, polled third with 17 percent support, in the Datafolha poll that shows elections going into a runoff Oct. 26. To win in the first round a candidate needs more votes than all others combined.


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