Thursday, October 9, 2014
Pro-business candidate Aecio Neves has a slight lead of 2 percentage points over President Dilma Rousseff ahead of the Oct. 26 runoff in Brazil's presidential elections, according to two new polls on Thursday. Neves has 46 percent of the vote against 44 percent for Rousseff, the surveys by the Datafolha and Ibope polling firms said. The difference is within the margin of error of both polls and considered a statistical tie. The surveys were the first by Brazil's two major polling firms since Sunday's first-round vote in which leftist Rousseff won 41.6 percent of the votes cast to 33.6 percent for Neves.