Former Brazil President Leads Poll Despite Conviction

From Voice of AmericaFormer Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva enjoys a strong lead ahead of the October 7 presidential elections despite his recent conviction on corruption charges, according to a poll published Wednesday.

The Datafolha poll was the first since an appeals court last week upheld a corruption conviction against da Silva — a decision likely to knock him out of contention.

The survey indicated that if da Silva were running now, he would get between 34 and 37 percent of votes in the first round. That’s a comfortable lead over right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro, with 16 to 18 percent of the vote. …



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