A recent poll commissioned by the Central Worker's Union and conducted by Vox Populi Institute revealed that former Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva of the leftist Workers' Party would win free, democratic elections if they were held today.
According to the poll, Lula would be elected in the second round with 52 percent of the overall vote. Possible rivals included in the survey were Geraldo Alckmin, current governor of Sao Paulo, who would receive 11 percent of the vote. Joao Doria, current mayor of Sao Paulo, would receive 13 percent of votes. Marina Silva, former senator and environmental minister, would receive 15 percent of the vote. Lawmaker Jair Bolsonaro would receive 8 percent of the vote.
Finally, Aecio Neves former senator and governor of Minas Gerais who was implicated on charges of bribery would receive 3 percent of the vote.
The survey, conducted between June 2 and 4, was released Tuesday. Apart from Lula's popularity, it showed that the current Brazilian administration, headed by Senate-imposed President Michel Temer, received a mere 3 percent approval rating and that the population held his government directly responsible for unemployment which has reached an astounding 14.5 million workers.
It also emphasized that the current recession in the work sector, which has affected first and foremost the working class and those who remain in poverty, is blamed on the incompetency of Temer's administration.
Lula is the preferred presidential candidate among all age groups, independent of one's level of education, income and gender.
The Vox Populi-Central Worker's Union was undertaken in 118 municipalities in every state in Brazil including city capitals, metropolitan regions and the countryside. Two thousand people over 16 years old were interviewed, with a margin of error is 2.2 percent.