Poll shows Bolsonaro narrowing gap to Lula ahead of Brazil election

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 (Reuters) – Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro slightly narrowed his deficit to opponent Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva ahead of an October election, a poll showed.

The survey by Datafolha showed Lula’s lead dipping to 11 percentage points in the first round of the election, with 45% support against Bolsonaro’s 34%. Bolsonaro recorded 32% support in the previous poll last week.

In an expected second-round run-off, Lula would be elected with 53% of the votes versus 39% for Bolsonaro, a 14 percentage point advantage, down from 15 points one week ago, the poll showed.

Bolsonaro’s approval and rejection rates did not change from a week ago, at 31% and 42% respectively.

Datafolha interviewed 2,676 people in person between September 8 and 9. The poll has a margin of error of 2 percentage points up or down.

Reporting by Carolina Pulice and Pedro Fonseca; editing by Richard Pullin

Photo – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. EPA-EFE/ANDRE COELHO

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