Brazil’s Haddad Extends Support to 23% of Voter Intent

Polls suggest that the race will go to a second round choice between Haddad and Bolsonaro, in which the leftist candidate could pull a narrow victory.

24 September 2018

New polls released Monday conducted by Brazil’s BTG Pactual research company shows Fernando Haddad, the Workers’ Party candidate for the presidency, extending his support to 23 percent, increasing by 7 percent since the last survey by the same company a week ago.

Haddad, according to most polls, is still in second place behind far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro clinging to 33 percent of voter intent, which the company said remains the same as last week’s polling.

Ciro Gomes remains in third place lagging behind the leading candidate at 10 percent of the vote after falling 4 percent in the latest polls.

Since being confirmed as the presidential candidate for a left-wing coalition of socialist and communist parties in Brazil, after former President Lula transferred the candidacy to him due to a legal impasse, Haddad expanded more than 12 points in the polls from just 9 percent of voter intent.

Polls suggest that the race will go to a second round choice between Haddad and Bolsonaro in which the leftist candidate could pull a narrow victory, capitalizing on the massive popularity of his ally and former running mate, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Haddad says his government plan revolves around two emergency pillars: jobs and education. To create more jobs and boost the economy, the former Minister of Education and mayor of Sao Paulo stressed the need for tax and bank reforms favoring the poor and middle class. The move also envisages a greater flexibility for public budgets, allowing federal, state and municipalities to spend more on job creation programs.

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To improve public education, Haddad said his administration’s priority would be to increase investment in teachers and underperforming public schools. He mentioned that part of his plan includes ideas and initiatives put forth by Lula.

Many legal experts believe, in accordance with Brazil’s constitution, that Lula, who has easily led all presidential election polls, shouldn’t have been prevented from participating in the elections until all of his legal appeals have been exhausted.

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