Dilma Rousseff in trouble in Presidential bid


Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff appears to have run into trouble in her bid to win a second term in office in the 5th October elections.

Following the death of Eduardo Campos of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) two weeks ago his replacement Marina Silva has made spectacular advances in the opinion polls. Campos stood at around 9% of the vote trailing in third place with Aécio Neves of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) on 23% and Rousseff on 34%.

Immediately following the announcement that Marina Silva would be the new PSB candidate she shot up to 21% support. In the latest Datafolha poll for the Globo television network and the Folha de São Paulo newspaper she is now on 34% along with Dilma Rousseff whilst Aécio Neves has dropped into third place with 15% support.

The new figures suggest that the presidential election will go to a second round where the poll shows that Marina Silva would win 50% of the vote and Dilma Rousseff would get 40%.

Dilma Rousseff’s government has been suffering from poor polls this year with demonstrations over the cost of the football world cup and people complaining of corruption, lack of healthcare and poor educational facilities. Things did look like they were quietening down but data released last week by the government’s statistics agency show that the country has now slipped into recession.

Gross domestic product (GDP) fell in the first quarter of this year by 0.2% and then in the second quarter by 0.6%. This comes after growth of around 2.1% in the first three years of the Rousseff government but only 0.7% last year.

Marina Silva appears to have derived much of her increased support from anti-government factions, the ‘don’t knows’ and some of the fringe presidential candidates. For the rest of the campaign she will have to try and win over support from Dilma Rousseff’s Worker’s Party (PT) supporters in order to secure a safe victory.

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