UPDATE 1-Brazil poll shows Rousseff with 8-point lead

* Ruling party Rousseff leads opposition’s Serra 41-33 pct

* Result confirms Rousseff’s widening lead in other polls
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BRASILIA, Aug 13 (BestGrowthStock) – Dilma Rousseff, the
hand-picked successor of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva,
has an 8-point lead over her main rival ahead of October’s
election, a poll showed on Friday, the fourth straight survey
showing her ahead.

Rousseff, Lula’s former chief of staff, led former Sao
Paulo state Governor Jose Serra by 41 percent to 33 percent,
according to a Datafolha survey broadcast on television channel
TV Globo.

In the same poll last month, Rousseff trailed Serra by 37
percent to 36 percent.

Three other recent polls showed her ahead by 5 to 10
points.

Since the beginning of the year, Rousseff has overcome
Serra’s 20-point lead and surged ahead on the back of a roaring
economy and support from the popular Lula.

The Datafolha poll showed former Environment Minister
Marina Silva a distant third with 10 percent, the same as her
support in July.

Most analysts believe Rousseff is unlikely to lose her lead
before the Oct. 3 vote. If no candidate wins more than half the
votes in the first round, a runoff will be held on Oct. 31.

Neither Rousseff nor Serra is seen as breaking with the
mostly market-friendly policies that helped fuel economic
growth and placed Brazil on the global investor radar screen.

Serra favors a strong government hand in Latin America’s
biggest economy, while Rousseff wants to strengthen state
companies in the oil, energy and banking industries.

The Datafolha survey polled 10,856 people from Monday to
Thursday and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2
percentage points.
(Reporting by Raymond Colitt and Luciana Lopez; Editing by
Peter Cooney)

UPDATE 1-Brazil poll shows Rousseff with 8-point lead