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Bolsonaro’s $8 Billion Stimulus Bet Falls Flat in New Polls

  • This week’s surveys shows small gains within margin of error
  • Brazilians head to polls on Oct. 2 for first-round vote
President Jair Bolsonaro and former President Lula
President Jair Bolsonaro and former President Lula
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President Jair Bolsonaro poured big money into the Brazilian economy to improve his re-election chances. So far, it hasn’t paid off. 

Opinion polls released this week show the incumbent behind his rival, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, by seven percentage points or more despite the passage of an aid package worth some 41.3 billion reais ($8 billion).