Rousseff’s Approval Drops to Lowest Since Impeached Collor

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s approval rating dropped to the lowest level of any leader since the impeachment of former president Fernando Collor de Mello in 1992, amid corruption scandals and a slowing economy.

In a poll conducted with 2,840 people on June 17-18, 65 percent rated her administration as “bad,” while only 10 percent considered her government “good,” Datafolha pollster said. That is up from 60 percent in an April poll. Her approval rating dropped three percentage points in the same period, according to the poll published late on Saturday in Folha de S.Paulo newspaper.

Rousseff’s ratings are the worst since Collor’s administration received a 68 percent disapproval score in September 1992, just a few days before the start of his impeachment process, Datafolha said.

The government is facing a drop in popularity as a series of rate increases and austerity measures aimed at curbing inflation and shrinking a budget deficit, have contributed to a rise in unemployment. Latin America’s largest economy is expected to have the worst recession in 25 years.

Brazil’s unemployment rate has increased to 6.4 percent in April from 4.3 percent at the end of last year. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg see the rate increasing to 6.6 percent when the national statistics agency announces May’s rate on June 25.

Rousseff’s disapproval is spread among different regions of the country and by income and schooling, the poll shows. The poll has a margin of error of two percentage points up or down.

In a different Datafolha poll, opposition senator Aecio Neves, who lost an election against Rousseff last year, would have 35 percent of the votes, compared with 25 percent for former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

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