[Translation of an article from Jornal de Brasilia for August 21.]
A poll by the Datafolha Polling Institute sponsored by the newspaper Folha de São Paulo and released on Saturday, August 21, shows the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT – Workers’ Party) candidate for the presidency Dilma Rousseff leading with 47 percent of the intended votes. The Partido da Social Democracia Brasiliera (PSDB – Brazilian Social Democratic Party) candidate, José Serra, is in second place with 30 percent. Marina Silva of the Partido Verde (PV – Green Party) holds third place with nine percent, while none of the remaining candidates received one percent of voters’ preferences. Voters who have not decided how they will vote or who did not respond totalled eight percent, and blank or null votes, four percent.
This is the first Datafolha poll conducted since radio and television campaigning began. Those who report they have seen campaign ads at least once make up 34 percent of those interviewed…
If only valid votes are taken into account, the poll numbers indicate that the PT cantidate would win the election on the first vote. In a previous Datafolha poll released on August 13, Dilma received 41 percent of the intended votes, Serra had 33 percent and Marina Silva ten percent.