June 28, 2018 / 1:20 PM / 8 months ago

Far-right candidate Bolsonaro leads Brazil presidential election poll

FILE PHOTO: Federal deputy Jair Bolsonaro, a pre-candidate for Brazil's presidential election, attends a presidential debate in Brasilia, Brazil June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File photo

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Far-right lawmaker Jair Bolsonaro leads the field for Brazil’s October presidential election, ahead of environmentalist Marina Silva, a new poll showed on Thursday.

Bolsonaro, a federal congressman, won 17 percent of voters’ support in a simulated first-round ballot, pollster Ibope said, putting him ahead of Silva’s 13 percent in a scenario excluding jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The poll was commissioned by the National Confederation of Industry lobby CNI.

Reporting by Maria Carolina Marcello; Writing by Brad Brooks

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