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Sep 19, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff closes in on Silva ahead of October vote

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has clawed back support at the expense of her main opponent in next month’s presidential election, a poll showed on Friday, suggesting the runoff that should decide the vote is too close to call.

Marina Silva surged in the polls after joining the race on the death of her party’s original candidate last month, and she appeared poised to unseat Rousseff with a 10 percentage-point margin in the likely second round vote.

Sep 16, 2014

Brazil election poll shows very tight presidential race

BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff is running neck-and-neck with her main rival, Marina Silva, less than three weeks before Brazil’s presidential election that will likely go down to the wire in a runoff, a poll published on Monday showed.

The new survey was consistent with polls last week that showed Rousseff had recovered from an initial surge by environmentalist Silva and the race will go to a second-round vote that looks so close that some analysts are reluctant to pick a favorite.

Sep 12, 2014

Rousseff gaining on Silva in likely Brazil runoff race

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has narrowed the lead of her top challenger, Marina Silva, to one percentage point in a potential runoff vote expected to follow the Oct. 5 first-round election, an opinion poll by pollster Ibope showed on Friday.

In a runoff, Silva has 43 percent support to 42 percent for Rousseff, said Ibope, which polled more than 2,000 people. The gap represents a statistical tie because it is within the survey’s margin of error.

Sep 9, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff cuts opponent’s lead in presidential race

BRASILIA, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma
Rousseff has recovered ground and would be tied in popular
support with opposition politician Marina Silva in a runoff vote
in October, a new poll showed on Tuesday, though a festering
corruption scandal threatens to complicate Rousseff’s
re-election bid.

The poll showed that Silva, an environmentalist, would win a
likely runoff election against Rousseff with 45.5 percent of the
vote against 42.7 percent for the incumbent, a statistical tie
within the poll’s margin of error. The previous survey by
polling firm MDA had shown Silva with a six percentage point
lead.

Sep 9, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff narrows Silva’s lead ahead of October runoff

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has narrowed environmentalist Marina Silva’s lead in a likely presidential election runoff in October, a new opinion poll showed on Tuesday, but a new political corruption scandal could hurt her re-election bid.

Silva would win the runoff with 45.5 percent of voter support against 42.7 percent for Rousseff, a gap that has halved from six percentage points in the previous survey by polling firm MDA and lies within the poll’s margin of error.

Sep 8, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff moves to limit damage from Petrobras scandal

BRASILIA, Sept 8 (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff sought
to shield her re-election bid from a new scandal at state-run
oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA by asking
prosecutors on Monday for any details involving officials in her
government.

Brazilian magazine Veja reported on Saturday that a jailed
former executive at Petrobras named Energy Minister Edison Lobao
and two dozen other politicians as people who received kickbacks
from the company’s contracts.

Sep 5, 2014

Rousseff goes negative as Silva leads Brazil presidential race

BRASILIA (Reuters) – With polls showing Marina Silva well-positioned to win Brazil’s election next month, President Dilma Rousseff’s campaign team has taken off the gloves and is painting her rival as a dangerous wild card backed by an out-of-touch financial elite.

Rousseff’s campaign managers hope to reverse Silva’s dramatic rise in polls by portraying the environmentalist as an obstacle to Brazil’s development and a threat to the social gains made under 12 years of leftist Workers’ Party rule.

Sep 4, 2014

Brazil polls show Silva surge halted ahead of October election

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has gained some ground against opposition candidate Marina Silva whose surge in voter support for the October elections has ended, two new polls showed on Wednesday.

Both polls still project the popular environmentalist as the favorite to beat Rousseff in a second-round runoff, though by a narrower margin than surveys done last week.

Aug 30, 2014

Silva widens lead ahead of Brazil presidential election

BRASILIA, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Environmentalist Marina Silva
has widened her lead over President Dilma Rousseff to 10
percentage points in what could be a likely runoff in Brazil’s
October election, a survey by polling firm Datafolha showed on
Friday.

It was the third poll in less than a week that projected the
Oct. 5 election would go to a second-round vote in which
Rousseff would be unseated by Silva, who entered the race just
10 days ago following the death of her party’s candidate.

Aug 27, 2014

New Brazil poll shows Silva beating Rousseff in runoff

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Environmentalist Marina Silva would handily beat President Dilma Rousseff if Brazil’s October election goes to a runoff, a poll showed on Wednesday, an outcome that seemed unimaginable just a few weeks ago and one that would put an end to 12 years of Workers’ Party rule.

Silva would win 43.7 percent of the votes to 37.8 percent for Rousseff in a likely second round of voting, said the survey by polling firm MDA. It was the second poll in less than 24 hours to show Silva ahead in such a scenario.