Opinion polls show Brazil presidential candidates tied
Two surveys show wannabe president Aécio Neves with 46% of voting
Published in 10/10/2014 - 11:54 By Agência Brasil - Brasília
Two opinion polls whose results were published Thursday (Oct 9)—by Datafolha and Ibope—show presidential candidate Aécio Neves (of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party, PSDB) with 46% of vote support against his challenger, incumbent Dilma Rousseff (of Workers' Party, PT), with 44%. As the margin of error is plus or minus 2 percentage points, both contenders are technically tied.
Datafolha's study was commissioned by TV Globo and newspaper Folha de S. Paulo. Blank and spoiled ballots total 4%; voters who did not know or did now answer added up to 6%. It is the first survey released by the institute on the presidential runoff.
Ibope, in turn, heard 3,010 people between October 7 to 8 as part of its research, commissioned by TV Globo and newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo. As for Datafolha, the pollster interviewed 2,879 people from October 8 to 9. The reliability rate is 95%.
In the first round of the elections, held on October 5, Dilma Rousseff received 41.59% of valid votes against Aécio Neves's 33.55%. PT's candidate won in 15 states, whereas that of PSDB was victorious in ten.
The second-round runoff takes place on 26.
Translated by Fabrício Ferreira
Fonte: Opinion polls show Brazil presidential candidates tied
Edition: Augusto Queiroz
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