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Lula Has Twice as Many Votes as Bolsonaro Among Aid Recipients

  • Bolsonaro boosted cash handouts without gaining support
  • Poor Brazilians remember better living conditions under Lula
Residents line up in front of a bank to receive government aid in Juazeiro do Norte, Ceara state
Residents line up in front of a bank to receive government aid in Juazeiro do Norte, Ceara statePhotographer: Jonne Roriz/Bloomberg

President Jair Bolsonaro’s decision to boost monthly stipends to about 18 million poor Brazilian families is failing to boost his re-election chance. 

The incumbent is trailing his main rival, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, by at least 11 percentage points in the latest three opinion polls released since Friday. Ironically, those who receive Bolsonaro’s cash handouts are more than twice as much likely to vote for his leftist challenger, according to an Ipec survey released late on Monday.