Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's popularity has dipped five percentage points ahead of October's presidential elections, revealed a new poll published on Sunday. The Datafolha polling institute said 36% of respondents rated Rousseff's government as great/good against the 41% who gave it that rating in the firm's previous poll conducted in February.
The poll was published by the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper. Datafolha surveyed 2,637 people on April 2 and 3. Its poll has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.
The poll also showed that the number of people who say they will vote for her dropped from 44% to 38%. However, the new figures leave her ahead of her two main expected challengers, Sen. Aecio Neves with 16% and former Pernambuco state Gov. Eduardo Campos with 10%.
According to Datafolha, 63% of those interviewed said Rousseff has done less than they expected, compared to 34% a little more than a year ago.
Datafolha attributed the drop in Rousseff's popularity to rising inflation that now stands close to 6% and fears of unemployment and lower purchasing power, as the Brazilian economy continues to limp along.
However the government is betting that the national team at the coming world Cup (June/July) can change the mood of the country.