Pro-business candidate Aecio Neves has a slight lead of 2 percentage points over President Dilma Rousseff ahead of the October 26 runoff in Brazil's presidential elections, according to two new polls released on Thursday.
Neves has 46% of the vote against 44% for Rousseff, the surveys by the Datafolha and Ibope polling firms said. The difference is within the margin of error of both polls and considered a statistical tie.
The surveys were the first by Brazil's two major polling firms since Sunday's first-round vote in which populist Rousseff won 41.6% of the votes cast to 33.6% for Neves.
Excluding undecided voters, spoiled and blank votes, the polls showed Neves wound win the runoff by 51% of the valid votes against 49% for Rousseff if it was held today.
Ibope poll interviewed 3,010 voters Tuesday through Thursday and has a margin of error of 2 percentage points. It was commissioned by the Estado de S.Paulo newspaper and the Globo media group.
Datafolha polled 2,884 voters on Wednesday and Thursday. Its poll has a margin of error of 2.2 percentage points. It was commissioned by the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper and the Globo media group.