In Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro more popular than ever

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In Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro more popular than ever


The epidemic, however, resulted in the loss of 8.9 million jobs in the second quarter and took the form of a massacre in Brazil, with more than 105,000 deaths.


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, in Brasilia on December 9, 2019


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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, in Brasilia on December 9, 2019


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is more popular than he has ever been since taking office in January 2019, despite his much criticized handling of the coronavirus crisis, according to a poll * on Friday.

The rate of favorable opinions of the action of the far-right head of state has gained 5 points since June, dropping to 37%, while the rejection rate has fallen by 10 points, to 34%, from after the survey of the reference institute Datafolha carried out on August 11 and 12.

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This is the first time since April 2019, at four months in office, that the approval rate of the Brazilian president is higher than that of negative opinions. Recent polls had shown that Jair Bolsonaro has every chance of being re-elected in 2022 for a second term.

However, the coronavirus epidemic resulted in the loss of 8.9 million jobs in the second quarter and took the form of a massacre in Brazil, with more than 105,000 dead, the worst toll in the world in numbers behind the United States. In relation to its number of inhabitants (nearly 210 million), Brazil comes in 8th position for deaths.

Approval rate in the working classes

According to Datafolha, President Bolsonaro’s current popularity rate is partly attributable to the payment to millions of disadvantaged Brazilians of a monthly allowance of 600 reais (100 euros) to cope with the pandemic. The approval rate of recipients of this aid climbs to 42%. In the underprivileged Northeast, the traditional bastion of the left, Jair Bolsonaro has seen his approval rating gain six points since June to 33% and rejection drop by 17 points to 35%.

Very divisive personality, Jair Bolsonaro is considered racist, sexist and homophobic by his detractors but can count on a hard core of unconditional support, who call him “Messiah”, in reference to his middle name. His presidency has been marked by countless controversies, numerous departures of government ministers, and recently by his attitude towards the coronavirus, which he called a “little flu”.

He personally overcame Covid-19 last month after being infected at the age of 65, taking the opportunity to reaffirm his unwavering faith in hydroxychloroquine, the effectiveness of which, however, is not scientifically proven.

* Datafolha conducted this survey of 2,065 people, with a margin of error of two percentage points.

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