Brazil President’s Popularity Has Biggest Plunge After Protests
President Dilma Rousseff’s approval rating fell by the most since she took office after more than 1 million protesters took to the streets, according to an MDA poll published by the National Transport Confederation.
Rousseff’s personal approval rating dropped to 49.3 percent from 73.7 percent in the previous poll published on June 11. The government’s approval rating dropped to 31.3 percent from 54.2 percent, according to the survey, which interviewed 2,002 people from July 7 to 10. The margin of error is 2.2 percentage point.
Brazilians protested throughout Brazil last month against bus fare increases, corruption, and poor public services. The demonstrations came as economic growth slows and annual inflation exceeds the official 6.5 percent target ceiling. Today’s poll shows voters are less optimistic about the economy.
The percentage of those interviewed who expect unemployment to improve fell to 32 percent from 39.6 percent. The percentage who expect their income will rise fell to 29.6 percent from 35.8 percent.
Still, Rousseff remains the leading candidate for next year’s election, according to the survey. The president would garner 33.4 percent of the votes in the first round, ahead of former Environment Minister Marina Silva, supported by 20.7% of those interviewed. Senator Aecio Neves of the PSDB opposition party had 15.2 percent support, and Pernambuco state Governor Eduardo Campos trailed with 7.4 percent.
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