Rousseff widens lead in Brazilian presidential poll

* Rousseff lead in poll expands to 17 points over Serra

* Valid vote count would give Rousseff 1st round win

SAO PAULO, Aug 21 (BestGrowthStock) – Ruling party presidential
candidate Dilma Rousseff extended her lead in a poll over rival
Jose Serra, taking advantage of free broadcast advertising, a
poll showed on Saturday.

Rousseff, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s former
chief of staff, jumped to 47 percent of voters’ support from 41
percent last week — her biggest lead yet in a Datafolha poll.

Serra, former Sao Paulo state governor and health minister,
fell 3 percentage points to 30 percent of voter intention.

The 6-point surge for Rousseff in advance of October’s
election was mostly credited to increased exposure after the
presidential candidates took to the airwaves on Tuesday with
free television and radio advertising, Datafolha said.
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“TV proves once again its power to reach and penetrate into
the most diverse levels of the Brazilian population, including
those where access to information is scarce,” Datafolha
directors Mauro Paulino and Alessandro Janoni said in an
article in Folha de S.Paulo newspaper detailing the poll
results.

The figures followed other poll results during the week
showing Rousseff with more than the 50 percent needed for a
first-round victory if abstentions and blank votes are
excluded, as they are in the election.

Former environment minister Marina Silva garnered 9 percent
of votes in the poll, down from 10 percent in the last survey.

Datafolha polled 2,727 people nationwide on Aug. 20. The
poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage
points.
(Reporting by Elzio Barreto; Editing by Bill Trott)

Rousseff widens lead in Brazilian presidential poll