Lula 16 points over Bolsonaro weeks before the Brazilian elections – Progreso Weekly

There are less than two weeks to go before the first round of Brazil’s presidential elections. New poll figures show that the leading Democratic Socialist candidate, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has slightly widened his double-digit lead over incumbent far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

The latest poll by the Brazilian IPEC pollster shows that da Silva leads Bolsonaro with 47% compared to 31% in the first round, which will take place on October 2. That’s a one-point increase from last week’s poll.

The IPEC poll also gives da Silva, the Workers’ Party candidate who previously served as Brazil’s 35th president from 2003 to 2010, a 19-point lead in a potential runoff, which is scheduled for the October 30 if no candidate wins more than 50% of the votes in the first round.

Other pollsters also show da Silva with a double-digit lead. The most recent figures from Datafolha give da Silva a 45% to 33% lead over Bolsonaro in the first round, and 90% of voters surveyed have decided who they will vote for.

Bolsonaro, an outspoken admirer of the former US-backed military dictatorship between 1964 and 1985 in whose army he served as an officer, has said he may not accept the election results if he loses. There are widespread fears in Brazil and beyond that a defeated Bolsonaro may try to foment a coup or insurrection similar to the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol by supporters of defeated former President Donald Trump.

Da Silva has been drawing crowds of supporters at recent campaign events, including a Sunday rally in the southern city of Florianopolis, where he said that when “every woman and every child eats three times a day, I will have completed my life’s mission.” ”.

Hunger and food insecurity, which were drastically reduced through social programs such as Fome Zero (Zero Hunger) and Bolsa Família (Family Allowance) during da Silva’s first presidential term, have returned under da Silva’s right-wing economic and social policies. Bolsonaro.

Seven former Brazilian presidential candidates from various political parties called on voters Monday to return da Silva to the Palácio da Alvorada.

“All Brazilian democrats must unite and avoid the tragedy that would be the re-election of the current president,” said Cristovam Buarque, a former federal senator and member of the socialist Cidadania party who served as da Silva’s education minister.

Also Monday, Brazilian electoral authorities denounced a fake narrated video circulating on pro-Bolsonaro social media accounts that showed the president beating da Silva 46% to 31%.

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