Neves Leads Rousseff by Eight Points in First Brazil Runoff Poll

Opposition candidate Aecio Neves would win the second round of Brazil’s presidential election, ousting incumbent Dilma Rousseff, according to a poll published today on the website of Epoca magazine.

Neves has 49 percent of voter support, compared to 41 percent for Rousseff, with 5 percent undecided and 5 percent saying they wouldn’t vote, according to the survey conducted by institute Parana Pesquisas. The poll interviewed 2,080 people in 152 municipalities Oct. 6-8, and has a margin of error of 2.2 percentage points, according to the article on Epoca’s website.

While Rousseff won the most votes of any candidate in the Oct. 5 first round, Neves’ garnered enough support to surpass Marina Silva and make it to the Oct. 26 runoff. Silva’s Socialist Party said today it will support Neves in the second round, and Rui Falcao, president of Rousseff’s Workers’ Party, said her campaign will go house to house to win over individual voters.

Rousseff said the Brazilian people don’t want to return to the “ghosts of the past,” referring to the presidency of Fernando Henrique Cardoso, who belongs to Neves’ party and served two terms before the Workers’ Party came to power in 2003.

Neves has said the Brazilian people are more concerned with the “monsters of the present,” including an economic recession in the first half of the year and inflation that has breached the 6.5 percent upper limit of the central bank’s target range.

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