New poll shows rise of Workers' Party candidate in Brazilian elections

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-19 13:17:08|Editor: Liu
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RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- A new Ibope poll for the Brazilian presidential election released Tuesday shows a significant advance of the Workers' Party's candidate, shifting the scenario of the presidential race.

Ultra-right wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro, from the Social Liberal Party, is still in the lead with 28 percent of voting intentions, up from 26 percent in the previous poll released a week ago.

Fernando Haddad from the Workers' Party took the second place, rising from 8 percent to 19 percent in only one week. Haddad's rise in polls reflects that he was finally confirmed as a replacement for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in the presidential race, after Lula was banned from the race due to a controversial criminal conviction.

Haddad's advance sent to the third place Democratic Labor Party's Ciro Gomes, who remained stable at 11 percent of voting intentions, followed by Geraldo Alckmin from the Brazilian Social Democracy Party and Network's Marina Silva.

With two points' margin of error, Gomes and Alckmin are technically tied, as are Alckmin and Silva. Other eight candidates have, together, 7 percent of voting intentions.

Though Bolsonaro takes the lead, he continues to be the most rejected candidate in the presidential race, with 42 percent of interviewees saying they would never vote for him. Haddad has the second highest rejection at 29 percent, followed by Silva , Alckmin and Gomes.

The Ibope poll was carried out from Sunday to Tuesday among 2,506 voters from 177 towns nationwide.