Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva leads the first round of the 2022 presidential election with 46% of the vote compared to President Jair Bolsonaro (25%), the Datafolha Institute reported today.
As a result, Lula da Silva is 21% ahead of Bolsonaro in terms of voting intentions in the presidential election that will be disputed in the country in 2022.
The same survey also includes former Ceará Governor Ciro Gomez (8%), Sao Paulo Governor João Doria (5%), and former Health Minister Luis Henrique Mandetta (4%).
The survey interviewed 2,074 people on July 7 and 8 in 146 Brazilian cities. Interviews were conducted with persons over 16 years of age. The margin of error is plus or minus two points, within the 95% confidence level.
According to DataFolha, Lula da Silva will also win Bolsonaro in the second round of the presidential election, with 58% of voters favoring, while Bolsonaro will have 31% of voting intentions.
Respondents also answered a question to measure the rejection rate of primary candidates.
At this point, when asked about potential candidates who will not vote at all in the first round of the 2022 presidential election, but can choose more than one option, the answers show that Bolsonaro leads with 59% of the disapproval, followed by Lula da Silva (37%) Doria (37%), Ciro Gomez (31%), Luiz Henrique Mandetta (23%) and Eduardo Leit (3%).
The current Brazilian president has lost popularity due to the management of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left more than 530,000 dead and at least 19 million infected in the country.
Recently, Bolsonaro has been particularly affected by corruption suspicions involving the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines negotiated by the Brazilian Ministry of Health.
In addition, the head of state generates frequent controversy by attacking almost every day the electronic voting system adopted in Brazil for decades and for which he was elected president.
Bolsonaro said again today that there will be fraud in the 2022 presidential election if the Federal Electoral Tribunal (TSE) does not adopt a system to print votes it considers auditable.
Even the Brazilian leader questioned whether the elections would take place.
Speaking with his supporters, he announced today that he is not “afraid of elections” and that he gives “the mantle to whoever wins, in an auditable and reliable vote.”
“So [atual]”We risk not holding elections next year,” he added.