Brazil’s ruling party presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff holds a solid lead over rival Jose Serra ahead of Sunday’s runoff, according to a new opinion poll.
Rousseff has 50 percent of voter support in the survey by the online Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, compared with Serra’s 40 percent.
The career civil servant and former leftist militant appears to have regained momentum after a drop in support several weeks ago caused by voters’ doubts about her religious beliefs and her stance on abortion.
Serra, however, has one more televised debate on Friday to push his message that Rousseff has contradicted herself on moral values issues and has no experience as an elected official.
But so far Serra has successfully steered discussion towards the eight years of strong economic growth under her mentor, the popular president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, whose endorsement is considered the biggest factor in her topping the polls.