Brazil's presidential front-runner Dilma Rousseff has lost momentum ahead of an Oct. 31 runoff vote but still enjoys a comfortable lead over challenger Jose Serra, opinion polls show.
REUTERS - Brazil ruling party presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff held her lead over her challenger Jose Serra ahead of an Oct. 31 runoff vote, a Datafolha poll showed on Friday.
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's hand-picked successor has 47 percent voter support versus 41 percent for Serra, according to the Folha de S.Paulo website.
In a similar Datafolha poll over the weekend Rousseff had a 7 percentage point lead over her rival.
The results are in line with a series of polls that appeared this week showing Rousseff had lost momentum compared to a month ago, after failing to snap up an outright victory in the first round of voting on Oct. 3.
Just over a month ago, Lula's former chief of staff enjoyed a 20 percentage point lead on the back of a red-hot economy and support from the hugely popular president.
But recent allegations of a kickback scheme involving a former top aide to Rousseff, plus questions about her positions on abortion and other social issues appeared to have cost her a first-round victory.
Her poorest showing so far came on Thursday when a survey by polling firm Sensus showed the former governor of Sao Paulo trailing Rousseff by only 4 percentage points -- within the poll's margin of error.
The Datafolha poll surveyed 3,281 voters on Oct. 14 and 15 and has a margin error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
Date created : 2010-10-16