On October 2, 2022, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva won the election to become the next president of Brazil in a comeback after nearly twelve years. He won 50.9% of the votes, beating retired army officer Jair Bolsonaro.

Lula da Silva began his political career in 1980 when a group of academics, intellectuals, and union leaders, including Lula, founded the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT), also known as the Worker’s Party.

After contending and losing in various presidential elections in 1989, 1994, and 1998, Lula eventually won his first presidential election in 2002 against Jose Serra with at least 61.27% of the votes. His “landslide victory” proved him the first leftist elected to office.

Presidency in 2022

After nearly 12 years, Lula stated he would run for president in 2022 and eventually won. When asked about this in a survey conducted by Real Research, 86.34% were aware of this, and 13.67% were not.

The survey conducted by Real Research aimed at gathering data about Lula da Silva winning Brazil’s Presidential election. In an interesting finding, the survey revealed:

  • 39.55% think Brazilian President Lula da Silva will ‘highly likely’ uphold his promises and pledges as President of Brazil
  • 22.14% say Lula’s most crucial development was raising incomes for more than 29 million Brazilians
  • 53.75% feel Lula’s administration corruption schemes and scandals are true

Will Lula Uphold his Pledges?

The survey went on to reveal that respondents used online news platforms (50.69%), social media (28.57%), television (9.49%), newspapers & magazines (4.88%), and radio (3.08%) to find out news about Lula da Silva winning Brazil’s Presidential election.

Fig 1: Lula living up to his pledges and promises

Lula da Silva winning Brazil’s Presidential election in 2022 was a testament to the survey polls respondents on whether they feel Lula will uphold his pledges and promises. 39.55% say he highly likely will, 22.81% say he somewhat will, and 4.49% say he unlikely will uphold his promises.

Brazil’s Crucial Developments Under Lula’s Reign

As a trade unionist and a former metalworker, Lula and the Worker’s Party was a progressive left-wing party with visionary ideas midst the government. Brazil saw several “crucial” developments under Lula’s leadership in 2002, including raised incomes for more than 29 million Brazilians (22.14%).

Fig 2: Brazil developments under Lula’s reign

Furthermore, he also reportedly changed Brazil’s social class boundaries (14.31%), contributed to the eradication of poverty for more than 20 million people, reduced unemployment rates (13.51%), and tripled an increase in foreign direct investment (11.63%).

Scandals, Schemes, Conviction, and Re-election

Lula’s administration was plagued by several scandals involving corruption, money laundering, etc. In 2018 he was convicted of taking bribes for various public contracts and spent a year and a half behind bars.

Accordingly, the survey asked for respondents’ opinions about the implicated corruption schemes. 53.75% feel the schemes were true, and 17.75% however, feel they are untrue. 28.51% are unsure of the charges.

In 2021, the Supreme Court overturned Lula’s conviction, saying his right to a fair trial was compromised. It was after this that Lula ran for re-election against Bolsonaro. The survey on Lula da Silva winning Brazil’s Presidential election indicated that over half of the respondents (51.84%) were satisfied with the re-election, 16.85% were somewhat satisfied, and 2.22% were unsatisfied.

Lula’s Subsequent Victory in 2022

Accordingly, the survey asks about public opinion on Lula da Silva winning Brazil’s Presidential election. To this, nearly 4 out of 10 felt they were very fair (38.75%), and 32.18% said they were somewhat fair. 19.65%, however, felt Lula’s victory was somewhat unfair, and 9.43% felt it was very unfair.

Fig 3: Public opinions on Lula’s victory

Lastly, the respondents were asked about the future of Brazil under Lula’s administration. In response, 38.81% expressed ‘extremely positive’ opinions, and 23.92% expressed somewhat positive opinions. 32.25% were neutral, however, 5.03% voiced negative opinions about the future of Brazil under Lula.


Survey TitlePublic Opinion on Lula da Silva Winning Brazil’s Presidential Election
DurationNovember 04- November 11, 2022
Number of Participants20,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.