Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2003-2011) would, according to a survey published by Datafolha, win the current President Jair Bolsonaro by a large margin in the country’s next elections.
If Lula were the Labor Party (PT) candidate, he would get 41 percent of the vote in the first round of elections called for next year, while Bolsonaro would get 23 percent according to the numbers this poll collects.
In a possible second round, however, the former president would receive 55 votes, compared to 32 percent that Bolsonaro would agglutinate.
Lula and Bolsonaro emerge as the big favorites as the rest of the contestants are far from them. Former Justice Minister Sergio Moro receives 7 percent, Labor Ciro Gomes 6 percent and the moderator from Luciano Huck (right) 4 percent.
Further back would be the governor of São Paulo, Joao Doria, the former health minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta and the businessman João Amoedo.
Another conclusion from the poll is that Bolsonaro is the candidate with the highest rejection rate, with 54 percent of respondents saying they would not vote for him under any circumstances, almost twenty percentage points above the Lula who 34 percent would in no way support it voices.
For the survey, Datafolha interviewed 2,071 people nationwide from May 11-12, and the study shows an error rate of 2 percent.
Former President Lula’s popularity was catapulted after the Federal Court of Justice upheld the overturning of the sentences passed against the former leader of the Workers’ Party (PT). Following that decision, Bolsonaro assumed that Lula would be a candidate in 2022, although at the moment he has declined to confirm the nomination, he has hinted that it would be a possibility.
Indeed, Lula’s party, the PT, celebrated the results of this poll, and through his Twitter account, its president, Gleisi Hoffman, affirmed that “Datafolha confirms this: Brazil once again hoped to rebuild the country with growth and social justice, like it was during the Lula reigns.
“The poll also confirms that it is not possible to continue with Bolsonaro. It is time to fight for people’s lives with humility and confidence in the future,” he said.