Rousseff's Impeachment Supported by 60%, Datafolha Poll Shows

Dilma Rousseff doesn’t have the majority popular support to keep her job as president of Brazil even though her approval rate has improved, according to a Datafolha poll.

Respondents who support lawmakers seeking to oust Rousseff totaled 60 percent, while 34 percent opposed impeachment, according to the Dec. 16-17 poll, which was published Saturday by the news website UOL. Rousseff’s approval rate rose to 12 percent from 10 percent in the previous poll last month.

Rousseff is facing an impeachment process after being accused of white-washing budget figures and bypassing Congress to authorize spending. The procedure started Dec. 2 as the country heads to its longest recession since the Great Depression. The economy is expected to contract 3.5 percent this year and 2.5 percent in 2016, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. At same time, mid-December inflation quickened to 10.71 percent, the fastest pace in 12 years.

On Friday, she faced another setback, the departure of Joaquim Levy as finance minister. Rousseff appointed Nelson Barbosa to replace Levy. The Ibovespa index fell 3 percent to its lowest finish since April 2009, driven in part by speculation of the move. The appointment was announced after the market closed.

The Datafolha poll included 2,810 people from 172 Brazilian cities and had a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

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