Brazil's Rousseff loses support ahead of October vote: poll

June 11th, 2014  
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Topic: Brazil's Rousseff loses support ahead of October vote: poll

Support for President Dilma Rousseff continues to slip ahead of October's elections, according to a poll released Tuesday, but she remains comfortably ahead of her two main rivals. Rousseff, a leftist from the ruling Workers' Party, would receive the vote of 38 percent of those surveyed by pollster IBOPE, compared with 40 percent in May. Aecio Neves, the senator from the centrist PSDB party who is Rousseff's biggest rival, was backed by 22 percent of those polled, up from 20 percent. Eduardo Campos, governor of the northeastern state of Pernambuco and the candidate for a rival leftist party, polled 13 percent and was also up two points from 11 percent in May. Despite what remains a solid lead, Rousseff's approval ratings over the past year have suffered because of a stagnant economy, persistent inflation, protests over public spending on the upcoming World Cup of soccer and a series of scandals at the state run energy company, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras.


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