Brazil's Rousseff loses support ahead of October vote: poll

RIO DEIRO Tue Jun 10, 2014 7:18pm EDT

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff reacts during a meeting of the Council for Economic and Social Development (CDES) at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia June 5, 2014. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff reacts during a meeting of the Council for Economic and Social Development (CDES) at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia June 5, 2014.

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RIO DEIRO (Reuters) - Support for President Dilma Rousseff continues to slip ahead of October's elections, according to a poll released Tuesday, but she remains comfortably ahead of her two main rivals.

Rousseff, a leftist from the ruling Workers' Party, would receive the vote of 38 percent of those surveyed by pollster IBOPE, compared with 40 percent in May.

Aecio Neves, the senator from the centrist PSDB party who is Rousseff's biggest rival, was backed by 22 percent of those polled, up from 20 percent.

Eduardo Campos, governor of the northeastern state of Pernambuco and the candidate for a rival leftist party, polled 13 percent and was also up two points from 11 percent in May.

Despite what remains a solid lead, Rousseff's approval ratings over the past year have suffered because of a stagnant economy, persistent inflation, protests over public spending on the upcoming World Cup of soccer and a series of scandals at the state run energy company, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras.

The number of Brazilian voters who said they would never vote for Rousseff has risen to 38 percent in June from 33 percent in May. By comparison, the rejection rate for Neves was 18 percent.

The IBOPE poll confirmed other recent surveys of voter opinions that point to the election going to a second round in which Rousseff will prevail, although with a tighter result.

In a run-off against Neves, Rousseff would win 42 percent of the votes against 33 percent for Neves, a gap that narrowed to 9 percentage points from 19 percentage points just a month ago, the poll said.

The IBOPE survey polled 2002 people between June 4 and June 7. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.

(Reporting by Alexandre Caverni. Editing by Andre Grenon)

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Comments (1)
venze wrote:
This is no surprise.
Not long ago, articles praising Brazil’s amazing economic growth were in abundance. Now this member country of BRIC seems to be on the decline, largely due to bad management and corruption, not unexpectedly though.
The World Cup event is for the rich, they will get richer. As for the poor, many have been forced to leave the slum, pushed out of the city, and they can only get poorer.

Jun 10, 2014 9:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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