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Bolsonaro's aura and approval ratings rapidly fading

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Bolsonaro took office on January 1, winning 55% of votes on promises to fight corruption and violence, as well as overhaul finances and revive economic growth. Bolsonaro took office on January 1, winning 55% of votes on promises to fight corruption and violence, as well as overhaul finances and revive economic growth.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's approval rating plunged in March, a poll showed Wednesday, after a series of political scandals tarnished his anti-corruption image.

Bolsonaro's score of 51% was the worst reading recorded by a first-term president in the three months after taking power, according to Ibope institute, which surveyed around 2,000 Brazilians.

That compares with the far-right leader's 67% approval rating in January soon after he was sworn in. Public confidence in the ultraconservative Bolsonaro also fell to 49% this month from 62% at the start of the year.

And 44% of Brazilians declared they had no confidence in the former paratrooper, compared with 30% in January.

“The government is unpopular, it is losing capital rapidly, it has internal battles,” political analyst Andre Cesar of Hold consultancy said.

On top of that, Bolsonaro is trying to push through an “extremely unpopular” reform of the country's generous pension system.

Bolsonaro took office on January 1 after winning 55% of votes in October on promises to fight corruption and violence, as well as overhaul the country's finances and revive economic growth.

But a slew of scandals, including allegations of illegal financial transactions involving one of Bolsonaro's sons and the sacking of a close aide suspected of misusing campaign funds in last year's election, have eroded faith in his anti-corruption rhetoric.

Disappointment with Bolsonaro has extended to his government, with Ibope's latest survey showing fewer Brazilians having a positive impression of the administration -- 34% in March compared with 49% at the start of the term.

The percentage of Brazilians who consider Bolsonaro's government “bad or terrible” rose to 24% from 11% over the same period.

Bolsonaro's personal reading was the lowest since 1995 when former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso scored 41% three months after taking power. Cardoso was re-elected four years later. Jailed former president Lula da Silva scored 51% two months after taking power for the first time in 2003.

 

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  • :o))

    That's IMPOSSIBLE - FAKE NEWS?
    http://www.chargeonline.com.br/php/charges/AUTO_cellus.jpg

    Mar 21st, 2019 - 09:06 am 0
  • DemonTree

    Lol. What are they complaining about? I'm sure the 'Bolsonaro of the north' would be DELIGHTED to finally have a popularity over 50%. Not to mention the last two Brazilian presidents whose approval rating fell into single figures... it's quite an achievement when the number of people who think you're doing a good job is within the margin of error of the poll.

    Mar 21st, 2019 - 10:41 am 0
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    @DemonTree

    REF: the last two Brazilian presidents whose approval rating fell into single figures

    TRUE!

    Bur from the M.T.-Case, it is very clearly evident that the importance is not for the reduced popularity but to the period during which one can remain in power AND how much dough can be stolen during that period.

    The rest is just circumstantial; like in the example of M.T.; as it took 40 years for the justice to discover the thefts [and still he is not yet formally accused].

    Now, it's up to Bolso+Co to break ALL the past records. Now that he does have the opportunity, it's just a question of time.

    As such one record was immediately broken - the scandals began within a month of taking over. The others took much longer to get exposed + the masses rejoiced over the scandals - SHAMELESSLY:
    http://www.cruzeirodovale.com.br/adm/cliente/editor/1756/A-CHARGE-ESTELIONATO-POL%C3%8DTICO.jpg

    Mar 22nd, 2019 - 06:53 am 0
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