The presidential elections for Brazil are set for October, when two of the biggest contenders, Jair Bolsonaro and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, will run against each other. The candidates have rattled Brazil and several parts of the Latin American countries, including Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, and Brazil. Several questions and anticipation about the next Brazilian President exist regarding global politics.

For this reason, Real Research, an online survey app, launched a survey on the Brazilian Presidential Election 2022. The survey determines who the next president will be, considering both candidates’ strengths and weaknesses.


  • 84.27% were aware of strong front runners, Lula and Bolsonaro, running for the Brazilian Election
  • 51.41% liked ‘reducing privatization and strengthening the functions of state companies’ from Lula’s electoral promises.
  • 52.27% preferred ‘promoting privatization of state companies’ from among Bolsanaro’s electoral promises.

Brazilian Presidential Election: Lula and Bolsonaro’s Promises

The survey started by asking if respondents were aware of the Brazilian Election’s strong front runners, Lula and Bolsonaro. The survey responses revealed that 84.27% were aware, whereas only 15.73% were unaware.

Figure 1: Respondents’ opinions on Lula’s promises

Then, the survey on the Brazilian Election asked respondents which of Lula’s promises they favored the most. Here, 51.41% favored ‘reducing privatization and strengthening the functions of state companies’, 25.66% preferred ‘reducing the price of oil’, and 8.72% were excited about the increase in social spending. Finally, 4.78% favored increased welfare spending and aimed for a bigger government.

Similarly, the survey asked respondents about their preferred promises by Lula’s political rival, Bolsonaro. The responses were as follows: promote privatization of state companies (52.27%), eradicate corruption (12.96%), implement a short-term economic stimulus plan (11.89%), and finally, provide subsidies for low-income families and women (9.49%).

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Lula and Bolsonaro’s Weaknesses in Light of the Brazilian Election

The Brazilian Presidential Election survey asked respondents about Lula’s weak points. 55.23% chose the ‘allegations of laundering money and favoring large construction companies’. 14.31% picked how he viewed that both Russia and Ukraine’s leaders were equally responsible for the Ukraine War’. Finally, 9.51% chose his ‘failure to solve drug and security problems during his presidency’.

Figure 2: Respondents on Lula’s Weaknesses

On the other hand, when the survey respondents were asked which were Bolsonaro’s weak points, the results were the following: Bolsonaro’s ‘failure to prevent Covid-19’ (56.87%). Others (18.9%) chose ‘Irresponsible attitude towards Covid-19, such as recommending taking ineffective medications as a treatment’; and 7.33% said ‘emphasis on development rather than environmental protection’. Moreover, 3.25% replied that his weakness was ‘past remarks that prompted a military regime’, and finally, 3.16% said ‘mining in the rainforest’.

The Public’s Verdict on Brazil’s Electronic Voting System

When the survey asked who would win the Brazilian presidential election, responses revealed that 76.85% thought Lula would win, whereas 23.15% picked Bolsonaro.

Figure 3: Respondents’ verdict on e-voting systems

Bolsonaro calls for abolishing Brazil’s electronic voting system. With this in mind, the survey asked how much respondents trusted e-voting. 50.37% replied it’s ’very reliable’, 29.21% were neutral, whereas 12.97% also thought it’s ‘reliable’. Meanwhile, 3.84% responded ‘not reliable’, and only 3.61% said ‘not at all reliable’.

If Lula is elected, left-wing governments will take power in all Latin-American countries. The survey asked respondents’ opinions on the phenomenon. A Major 64.61% of respondents said it will be positive, 23.8% were unsure, and only 11.58% think it will be negative.

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Survey TitleSurvey on Brazilian Presidential Election 2022
DurationAugust 16 – August 23, 2022
Number of Participants30,000
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.