It is already next Sunday that Brazilians return to the polls to elect the next president. A new poll, released in the final stretch of the campaign, gives Lula da Silva the victory again. And tonight, there is debate between the two candidates, which may (or may not) influence the results of the 30th.
The PT candidate maintains 49% of voting intentions, while Jair Bolsonaro drops one point from the previous poll, to 44%, at a time when the candidate is betting everything on the final stretch of the campaign.
Escorted by agents and protected by anti-bullet bags, in Rio de Janeiro, the candidate who is weakened in the most recent poll had his security reinforced. In the face of the crowd waiting for him in the Baixada Fluminense, Bolsonaro appealed to the vote, confident in Sunday’s results.
“I’m sure we will have a great victory at the polls. I want each of you to get at least one more vote for us.”
The last week of the campaign started with some turmoil for the PL candidate due to the episode that involved an ally, who shot at the police and was arrested. Several analysts believe that this case had an impact on the results of the most recent poll.
“The episode involving Roberto Jefferson was much more harmful than positive for Bolsonaro. He may have lost 1% of the vote because of this radicalism,” admits analyst Gilberto Braga.
The poll carried out for Globo and for the newspaper Folha de São Paulo puts the undecided with 2% and predicts that blank and null votes will be 5%, one point more than last week.
This is felt in the streets, where after the surprising result in the first round, for many everything is open until the count of the last vote. Furthermore, the exchange of accusations between the two candidates seems to have contaminated supporters, who often clash head-on in the defense of arguments.
However, the campaigns of former President Lula da Silva (PT) and President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) are already preparing strategies for the later debate on TV Globo.