Support for Rousseff'south impeachment ebbs in Brazil poll

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 5:00 AM

The poll also showed growing support for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in a potential two thousand eighteen presidential bid, another boost for the ruling Workers Party as it fights opposition leaders' efforts to impeach Rousseff.

A smaller majority of Brazilians favor the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff compared to latest month, while more than half wish her immediate successor to be impeached too, according to a survey released on Saturday by polling firm Datafolha.

The poll also showed growing support for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in a potential two thousand eighteen presidential bid, another boost for the ruling Workers Party as it fights opposition leaders' efforts to impeach Rousseff.

The survey was the first to gauge support for a possible impeachment of Vice President Michel Temer, who'll become Brazil'south president if Rousseff is suspended in coming weeks to face impeachment hearings. Many analysts have questioned his capacity to muster a stable coalition with tiny favorite support and many leaders of his PMDB party below investigation for alleged corruption.

According to Datafolha, sixty-one % of Brazilians wish Rousseff to be impeached by Congress, compared to sixty-eight % in March. Fifty-eight % wish Temer to have the same fate.

If both are impeached and thrown out of office, seventy-nine % of Brazilians favor early elections, in which Lula would likely be a strong candidate.

Voting intentions for Lula rose to between twenty-one and twenty-two percent, depending on the election scenarios, Datafolha said. In all cases, he was competitive with environmental activist Marina Silva and outperformed leaders from the main opposition party, the PSDB.

Temer has between one and two % of voting intentions.

The survey suggested a sharp div between Lula'south supporters and opponents. Fifty-three % of respondents said they'd not vote on Lula below any circumstances. However, forty % rated him as Brazil'south best president ever, well over the second in the list, his predecessor Fernando Henrique Cardoso, with fourteen % of mentions in the poll.

The lower house of Brazil'south Congress is expected to vote April seventeen on whether to impeach Rousseff as she faces charges that she manipulated budget accounts in two thousand-fourteenth to boost her reelection prospects.

If two-thirds of deputies vote for impeachment, the measure would move to the Senate. If half the Senate votes for impeachment, Rousseff would be temporarily suspended from office pending a full trial in the Senate.

Datafolha surveyed 2.779 people on April seven and eight. The survey has a edge of mistake of plus or minus two percentage points.

(Reporting by Silvio Cascione; Editing by Mary Milliken)

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