Datafolha: Lula Leads Presidential Electoral Race of 2022 and Scores 55% Against Bolsonaro's 32% in The 2nd Round Run-Off

Petista has 41% in the first round, 18 points ahead of the current president, who will run for reelection next year

São Paulo

Just over two months after his political rights were restored, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) leads the race for the Presidency with a comfortable margin in the first round and would win against President Jair Bolsonaro (no party) in a run-off, according to Datafolha research.

Lula received 41% of the intended votes in the first round, against 23% for Bolsonaro.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 06, 2020 Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gives a thumb up during an event titled: "Dialogue about inequality with global unions and general public" at the Geneva Press Club in Geneva. - Left-wing ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva would win the 2022 presidential election with a comfortable lead over Jair Bolsonaro, the current far-right head of state, according to a poll released on May 12, 2021, by the Datafolha institute . (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) - AFP

The survey was carried out with 2,071 people, in person, in 146 municipalities, on May 11 and 12. The margin of error is two percentage points.

In an eventual run-off against Bolsonaro, Lula would have a wide advantage, with a margin of 55% to 32%. He would receive the majority of the votes cast for Doria, Ciro and Huck, while the president would inherit the largest share of those opting for Moro, his former justice minister and current disaffection.

It is the first voting poll Datafolha has completed since the Supreme Court justice Edson Fachin annulled the judicial condemnations of the PT, with the justification that the Federal Justice in Curitiba was not the competent forum for the actions.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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