Brazil Poll: Rousseff Leads Vote Preferences, But Support Slips

BRASILIA--Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is the frontrunner among potential candidates for next year's presidention elections, though her support among voters has slipped recently in reaction to a lagging economy, a poll from the MDA opinion research institute showed Tuesday.

According to the poll, 73.7% of respondents approved of the president's personal performance in office compared with 75.7% in a previous poll.

The poll, meanwhile, showed approval for Ms. Rousseff's government as a whole declined to 54.2% from 56.6%.

Poll administrators said factors such as elevated inflation and the threat of declining employment were hurting the president's popularity.

"Deteriorating economic fundamentals are without doubt weighing on her approval," said Clesio Andrade, president of the poll's sponsor, the National Transport Confederation.

Despite declining approval brought by a slow economy, the poll showed Ms. Rousseff continued to lead voter preferences as a candidate in next year's presidential elections, with support from 52.8% of respondents. Opposition Social Democratic party Senator Aecio Neves ran second in the poll with support from 17.0% of respondents.

Environmental leader Marina Silva got support from 12.5% of respondents, while government-allied Brazilian Socialist Party governor Eduardo Campos had support from 3.7% of respondents.

The latest poll was taken among 2010 respondents in 134 municipalities June 1-5. The poll has a margin of error of 2.2%.

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