Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate to lead in first electoral round: poll

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-12 14:14:13|Editor: ZX
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RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro currently has enough support to win the first round of general elections on Oct. 7, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

Bolsonaro, federal deputy and candidate of the Social Liberal Party, is leading the field of 13 presidential hopefuls with 26 percent support among registered voters, according to the Brazilian Institute of Public Opinion and Statistics.

As an outspoken conservative who publicly yearned for the days of Brazil's military regime, Bolsonaro is convalescing in a hospital after he was stabbed in the abdomen at a campaign event last week.

His leading position came after Brazil's popular ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was barred from running for a third term, due to his conviction on corruption charges. Lula had some 38 percent support among voters.

With Lula out of the race, Bolsonaro tops the list of hopefuls, followed by former minister Ciro Gomes of the Democratic Labor Party, with 11 percent of the votes.

In the runoff, Bolsonaro is likely to lose to Gomes, due to the strong aversion many voters have expressed for his ideas, according to the poll.

Some 19 percent of the respondents said they would abstain from voting, while 7 percent said they have not decided.

The poll queried 2,002 registered voters on Sept. 8-10. It has a 95 percent accuracy rate and a two-point margin of error.