Lula increases lead over Bolsonaro ahead of Brazil’s first-round election: poll By Reuters

¬©Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Former Brazilian President and presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gestures near his wife, Rosangela Da Silva, during the rally “Todos Juntos pelo Rio Grande do Sul” (All Together for Rio Grande do Sul) in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Se

SAO PAULO, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva slightly increased his lead over current Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to 14 points with less than two weeks to go in the first round of presidential elections, he said on Thursday. a survey by the firm Datafolha.

Lula obtained 47% of the support of those consulted by Datafolha with a view to the first round of October 2, compared to 33% support for Bolsonaro. The previous poll showed voting preferences of 45% and 33%, respectively.

In a planned second round, Lula would obtain the support of 54% of voters compared to 38% for Bolsonaro, an advantage of 16 points, according to the poll, the same result as a week ago.

Bolsonaro’s approval rating in the consultation rose to 32%, compared to 30% a week ago; and still above the 22% he held in December, when the right-wing president’s popularity soared thanks to welfare programs and measures to combat inflation.

Bolsonaro’s disapproval reached 44%, according to the poll, the same result as a week ago but below the 53% seen in December.

Datafolha conducted 6,754 in-person interviews between September 20 and 22. The survey has a margin of error of +-2 percentage points.

(Reporting by Peter Frontini and Pedro Fonseca. Written by Carolina Pulice. Edited in Spanish by Marion Giraldo)

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