File - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff delivers a speech during a meeting with workers of Brazilian state-run oil giant Petrobras at Petrobras' shipyard in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 11, 2013. (AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA)
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Popular support for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has faltered ahead of the Oct. 5 presidential election, a poll showed Thursday, but the leftist leader remains favored to win a second term.Hurt by a sluggish economy, high inflation and a scandal surrounding Brazil's state-run oil company, Rousseff's personal approval rating has dropped to 51 percent from 56 percent in November, the survey by the Ibope polling institute and Brazil's National Industry Confederation showed.Support for her administration fell to 36 percent from 43 percent in the previous poll, while 27 percent of those polled disapproved of the government, compared with 20 percent in November.
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