Brazil’s Rousseff keeps lead in vote -poll

* Rousseff maintains lead, could win in first round

* Growth in support for Rousseff appears to level off

By Brian Ellsworth

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 4 (BestGrowthStock) – Brazil’s ruling party
candidate Dilma Rousseff maintained her lead in the race for
the October presidential election and appeared on track to win
without a runoff vote, a poll showed on Saturday.

Rousseff garnered 50 percent of voter support compared to
49 percent the week before, according to a Datafolha poll
published in the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper.

The main opposition candidate Jose Serra received 28
percent of the vote, down from 29 percent the week before.

The results suggest Rousseff’s gains may be leveling off
after she moved from a technical tie with Serra in July to a
lead of more than 20 points.

Analysts see a growing likelihood that she will win more
than 50 percent of the votes in the Oct. 3 election, which
would make a runoff unnecessary.

An Ibope poll released on Friday showed Rousseff getting 51
percent of voter support against 27 percent for Serra.

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Rousseff, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s former
chief of staff, trailed Serra in some polls as recently as
June.

She surged last month with the start of free TV
advertisement that gave voters a closer look at a civil servant
who was little known until a few months ago.

Her popularity has largely come from her connections to
Lula, who has become one of the most popular politicians in the
country’s history thanks to a booming economy that has lifted
millions of people into the middle class.

A brewing bank secrecy scandal, which Serra has been trying
to pin on the ruling Workers’ Party, has apparently had no
impact on Rousseff’s lead. [ID:nN02224646]

Rousseff is seen as continuing Lula’s mostly
market-friendly macroeconomic policies, which have ensured
economic growth in recent years.

But she also intends to strengthen the role of state
companies in several key industries such as oil, banking and
telecommunications.

The Datafolha survey polled 4,314 people between Sept. 2
and Sept. 3 with a margin of error of two percentage points.
(Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

Brazil’s Rousseff keeps lead in vote -poll