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Poll: Brazilians Support Snap Presidential Election

  • Aline Barros

FILE - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff.

FILE - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff.

Six out of 10 Brazilians say a snap election could resolve the country’s political crisis, according to a poll released Tuesday.

The IBOPE poll showed 62 percent of Brazilians want leftist leader Dilma Rousseff and Vice President Michel Temer to stand down so a new election can be held.

Rousseff faces an impeachment process during one of the country’s worst recessions and a massive corruption scandal involving state-run oil firm Petrobras.

But the Brazilian Congress would have to pass a constitutional amendment to have a new election held prior to the one scheduled for 2018.

According to the survey, only 25 percent of participants want Rousseff to remain in power. Eight percent said a Temer government could fix the crisis.

The poll was conducted between April 14 and 18 and surveyed 2,022 in 142 municipalities.

It also found that current potential leaders are environmentalist Marina Silva with 39 percent, followed by Aecio Neves, Rousseff’s opponent in 2014, with 32 percent.

Opposition to Rousseff has increased in recent months, with accusations she illegally covered up government budget shortfalls in 2014 to increase her chances for reelection. Rousseff denies the accusations.

The discourse surrounding Rousseff's possible impeachment has dominated Brazilian media as the country strives to revive its economy from its worst recession in decades, fights the Zika epidemic, and prepares for the 2016 Olympic Games in less than four months.

The lower house backed the move for Rousseff’s impeachment. The Senate is expected to vote on the matter in early May.

A simple majority win by the opposition would suspend her and start a trial that could last up to six months.

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