BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's hospital-bound far-right presidential hopeful is holding his lead for next month's election, but support for left-wing Workers Party (PT) candidate Fernando Haddad rose sharply and he moved into second place, a poll showed on Tuesday.
Bolsonaro had 28 percent of voter approval in the survey released by the Ibope firm, an increase of 2 percentage points from his figures last week.
Haddad registered 19 percent of voter intentions for the Oct. 7 first-round vote, a jump of 11 points from the previous survey.
Centre-left candidate Ciro Gomes has stalled at 11 percent, and the favourite of investors, Geraldo Alckmin, has dropped 2 points to 7 percent.
In the likely event of an Oct. 28 runoff vote if no candidate wins a majority, the Ibope poll found that Bolsonaro and Haddad were in a dead heat, with both taking 40 percent voter approval.
The poll interviewed 2,506 people from Sept. 16-18. It has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.
(Reporting by Anthony Boadle)
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Updated Date: Sep 19, 2018 07:05:34 IST