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Brazil Rousseff support down ahead of October election, but rivals don't benefit

Monday, April 7th 2014 - 06:12 UTC
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 The fall reflects Brazilian public opinion fear about the economy's evolution The fall reflects Brazilian public opinion fear about the economy's evolution

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.

Categories: Politics, Brazil.

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  • ChrisR

    TMBOA got in with just 36.4% of the national voting population so Brazil is getting more like The Dark Country as time goes on.

    Apr 07th, 2014 - 12:18 pm 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Compulsory voting, an overall 50%+ majority, or a second round against one opponent will see Dilma greatly exceeding CFK's performance. Just a feature of the polling rules.

    Apr 07th, 2014 - 01:15 pm 0
  • Jack Bauer

    When it comes down to the election campaign, the opposition acts like amateurs. The PT is rotten to the core, and vulnerable, yet the opposition has no idea how to take advantage of all the ammunition they are given......and considering that the incumbent government won't think twice about using the State machine and its resources in their campaign, Dilma should get in without too much hassle. A smart, proactive opposition would be able to expose the PT (and their allies) for what they really are...just a bunch of incompetent, lying thugs.

    Apr 07th, 2014 - 02:57 pm 0
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