Lula da Silva leads the poll for the second electoral round in Brazil | News

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The presidential candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva would be the virtual winner of the second electoral round in Brazil after this Wednesday a poll by the Electoral Research Institute (IPEC) gave him 51 percent of the intention to vote.


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According to a survey applied to 2,000 citizens from all the states of the South American country, the candidate of a coalition led by the Workers' Party (PT) would be elected on October 30 over his contender and current president, Jair Bolsonaro, who it has 43 percent of the electoral preferences.

Counting only the valid votes without taking into account null and blank votes, says the IPEC report, Lula da Silva could obtain 55 percent of popular support, against 45 percent for Bolsonaro.

The first survey carried out after the first round on October 2 in 129 Brazilian cities estimated the number of undecided at 2.0 percent and abstentions at 4.0 percent.

With a margin of error of two percentage points, the poll shows figures similar to those of the months prior to the initial vote, although the predictions did not fully materialize at the polls, with 48.4 percent for Lula and 43.2 for Bolsonaro.

Specialists agree that the certainty of Lula's victory in the first round made the anti-PT supporters of candidate Simone Tebet (MDB) and Ciro Gomes (PDT) vote for Bolsonaro to guarantee him a place in the second round.

According to local press media, the ultra-conservative president has criticized the opinion polls since Lula began to show himself as a favorite and has accused the polling companies of collective manipulation, for which, taking advantage of the folly of the first round, he has intensified the persecution and discredit of those institutions.

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