Poll gives Rousseff lead in Brazil president race

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Posted: Oct 09, 2010 5:05 PM
Poll gives Rousseff lead in Brazil president race

The first poll published since the first-round of voting in Brazil's presidential race has governing party candidate Dilma Rousseff in the lead for the Oct. 31 runoff ballot.

The Datafolha polling institute says 48 percent of those surveyed back Rousseff. Forty-one percent support the centrist opposition candidate, Jose Serra. The rest are undecided or plan to annul their ballots.

The results were published Saturday by the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo. The poll interviewed in person 3,265 people in 201 counties across Brazil. The margin of error is plus or minus 2 percentage points.

Rousseff led the Oct. 3 first-round, getting 46.9 percent of the votes _ falling short of the majority needed to avoid a runoff. Serra got 32.6 percent.