Catholic majority supports Rousseff according to surveys
Posted On 26 Sep 2014
The latest polls indicate that Dilma Rousseff has the support of 40% of the Catholic voters while Marina Silva the 31%. Silva, on the other hand, leads among protestants by 43% to 32%.
Catholics are the majority of Brazilian voters. They total 123 million, around a 65% of the population of 200 million.
Polls show Silva below Rousseff in the first round on October 5, but likely tied on October 26.
The number of the Catholic population in Brazil has fallen steadily since the 70´s, while the protestant religion represented 5% of the population in 1970, which today is a 22% and is expected to be a majority after 2050.