SAO PAULO – Brazil’s far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro secured a 10-point lead over leftist rival Fernando Haddad, according to a new opinion poll released on Monday by the Ibope Institute.
Bolsonaro, who left hospital on Sept. 29 after spending over three weeks recovering from a serious stab wound he suffered during a campaign rally, rose four points compared to the last survey and reached 31 percent of voter support in the opinion poll.
For his part, Haddad, who succeeded former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as the presidential candidate for the Workers’ Party (PT), garnered 21 percent, according to the Ibope poll, which interviewed 3,010 voters in 208 Brazilian cities.
Center-left candidate Ciro Gomes, from the Democratic Labor Party, was ranked third in the pre-election poll with 11 percent, one percent less from the last poll. Gomes, however, would be the only candidate to beat the far-right candidate in a runoff, without taking into account the survey’s error margin of two percentage points.
Geraldo Alckmin, of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party, remained in the fourth position with eight percent of voter support, while environmentalist Marina Silva, who runs for president for the third time, dropped from six to four percent.
In the case of a second-round runoff, which would take place on Oct. 28 if no candidates manage to take a majority in the first round, Bolsonaro and Haddad are tied with 42 percent of voter support each, according to Ibope’s survey.