Silva lags leaders in Brazilian presidential contest


Jair Bolsonaro (right) led in the most recent Brazilian presidential poll, with former Environment Minister Marina Silva (left) well behind in fifth place. (Images courtesy of Orlando Brito & Silva campaign)

Marina Silva is credited with by far the strongest environmental platform and record among the 13 candidates competing in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election. But a recent national poll shows Silva badly trailing the frontrunners ahead of the Oct. 7 contest, and thus unlikely to make it into the two-candidate runoff that will be held Oct. 28 if, as expected, no candidate wins an absolute majority of first-round votes. Meanwhile, Jair Bolsonaro, whose support in the Sept. 19 poll suggests he’ll likely win a spot in the runoff, has positioned himself as an anti-environmentalist. He has expressed support for scaling back land conservation, pulling Brazil out of the Paris climate agreement and weakening green enforcement and protections. The Sept. 19 poll suggests the runoff will pit Bolsonaro against Fernando Haddad, a center-left candidate with a detailed environmental platform but a sparse green record. In... [Log in to read more]

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