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Brazil’s census continues to face multiple problems

In the aftermath of Brazil’s first round of general elections on Sunday, major polling institutes were lambasted for vastly underestimating the support of incumbent far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who managed to force the presidential race to a runoff on October 30. But pollsters have been up against it this year, being unable to rely on outdated official statistics to carry out accurate sampling — in fact, the country has not carried out a national census for 12 years.

On August 1, the Brazilian Geography and Statistics Institute (IBGE) finally got underway collecting data for the country’s census, delayed for…

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