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Rousseff’s Popularity Drops for 1st Time, Datafolha Survey Finds

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's support fell to 57 percent from 65 percent in March. Photographer: Evaristo Sa/AFP via Getty Images

June 9 (Bloomberg) -- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s popularity dropped for the first time since she took office in January 2011 on economic growth and inflation concerns, according to a Datafolha survey.

The president’s support is at 57 percent, eight percentage points less than in March, according to the survey published by Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper. Support fell among men and women of all social classes in all regions. Datafolha polled 3,758 people in 180 municipalities between June 6 and June 7.

Inflation in May accelerated to 6.50 percent, matching the upper limit of the central bank’s target range, according to a June 7 report by the national statistics agency. Standard & Poor’s on June 6 lowered its outlook on Brazil’s BBB rating to negative from stable on concern over sluggish growth and weakening fiscal accounts. The central bank in April raised the benchmark interest rate for the first time since July 2011 in an attempt to fight rising prices.

Even with the drop in her popularity, 51 percent of those surveyed said they’d vote for her if she runs for a second term next year, the poll found.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rodrigo Orihuela in Rio de Janeiro at rorihuela@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Attwood at jattwood3@bloomberg.net

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