Brazil President Dilma Rousseff would tie with Aecio Neves in a second round of October’s presidential election, according to a Sensus poll released yesterday.
Rousseff would win 36.3 percent of votes in a second round against Neves, who would get 36.2 percent, according to the July 12-15 poll published on the website of Istoe magazine. Rousseff held a 5.1 percentage point lead over Neves, a senator from the Brazilian Social Democracy Party, in a June Sensus poll. The survey of 2,000 people has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.
Brazil’s first female president is seeking re-election after her first term saw the slowest growth of any president in more than two decades. A Datafolha poll published July 17 showed Rousseff lost the bump in popularity she had during the first weeks of the World Cup, after Brazil’s 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals and a week of negative economic news.
In a first round with all candidates, 31.6 percent of voters said they would vote for Rousseff, with 21.1 percent for Neves and 7.2 percent for Eduardo Campos of the Brazilian Socialist Party, the survey showed. Rousseff had 32.2 percent of voter support in June, compared to 21.5 percent for Neves and 7.5 percent for Campos, in last month’s Sensus poll.