(ANSA) – RIO DE JANEIRO, MAY 18 – Voting intentions are growing for Jair Bolsonaro in Rio de Janeiro, the second most important state in Brazil, ahead of the presidential elections on October 2: the current right-wing leader, candidate for re-election, he equaled his main opponent, former left-wing president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, with 35% of the vote, according to a survey by the Quaest Agency.
Bolsonaro rose by 4 points, the same points that Lula lost, compared to the previous survey conducted by Quaest in March.
Due to its political weight, Rio is the second most important constituency in the country, after São Paulo, and is the basin where Bolsonaro has forged his career as a deputy since the 1990s.
The progress of the former army captain is partly due to the evangelical electorate, which reserved 50% of the preferences for him against 25% for Lula, according to the poll.
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