Brazil poll shows Rousseff, Serra tied in election

* Rousseff trails Serra by 1 percentage point

* Poll results differ sharply as investors watch

BRASILIA, July 24 (BestGrowthStock) – Brazil’s ruling party
candidate, Dilma Rousseff, remained in a technical tie in
October’s presidential race with the opposition’s Jose Serra,
an opinion poll showed on Saturday.

The Datafolha poll showed Rousseff, a career civil servant,
with 36 percent of voter intention against 37 percent for
former Sao Paulo state Governor Serra.

The results contrast with a Vox Populi poll on Friday that
showed Rousseff with a lead of 8 percentage points over Serra.

Some analysts said the difference may be due to diverging
polling samples.

A Datafolha poll earlier in July showed Serra with 39
percent, two percentage points ahead of Rousseff.

Former Environment Minister Marina Silva of the Green Party
climbed to 10 percent from 9 percent in the Datafolha poll.

With only two and a half months left to the Oct. 3
election, investors have been closely watching to see whether
either candidate can pull ahead.

Rousseff and Serra have been in a virtual tie for the last
three months, with poll results fluctuating in response to
their campaign advertisement on TV.

All polls show that Rousseff, Lula’s former chief of staff,
has closed a gap on Serra as large as 20 percentage points
since December.

She has benefited mostly from the support of the enormously
popular Lula and breakneck economic expansion that is creating
millions of jobs this year.

Latin America’s largest economy is expected to grow by
around 7 percent this year.

The Datafolha opinion survey has a margin of error of plus
or minus 2 percentage points and polled 10,905 people between
July 20 and 23.

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(Reporting by Raymond Colitt, editing by Vicki Allen)

Brazil poll shows Rousseff, Serra tied in election