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Bolsonaro's Approval Rating is the Lowest in Brazilian History

  • Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro attends an Army Day ceremony, in Brasilia

    Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro attends an Army Day ceremony, in Brasilia | Photo: Reuters

Published 24 April 2019

Bolsonaro's approval rating has dropped by 15 percent in the last two months as his campaign promise of a "better future" for Brazlians has yet to come to fruition. 

Jair Bolsonaro's tenure as Brazilian President has gotten off to a rocky start despite campaign promises of a "better future" for the people of Brazil. 


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After 100 days in office, the far-right leader has witnessed a significant drop in his approval rating, hitting a dismal 34 percent at the end of March, the Brazilian Institute of Public Opinion and Statistics reported this month.

According to the Brazilian Institute of Public Opinion and Statistics, Bolsonaro's approval rating was 49 percent at the start of the new year; however, poor economic conditions and his controversial statements and behavior have dwindled his rating to 34 percent at the end of March. 

"The feeling is that the situation is worse than it was before the elections," Rafael Alcadipani, an associate professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation told the BBC. "Everyone wanted change in society but the commander-in-chief hasn't shown himself to be capable of delivering any type of change."

"He's failed to show Brazilians confidence in his plan for government," says Roberta Braga, associate director at the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Centre in Washington DC. "He's losing a lot of support. It clearly takes time to implement these very complex reforms but Brazilians expected a lot from him."

Bolsonaro captured the Brazilian presidency last year after receiving 55 percent of the vote against Fernando Haddad, the successor of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. 

Since his election, Bolsonaro has faced heavy criticism for his antics, which include demonizing women and minorities, hiring his own relatives to work in his cabinet, and making controversial public statements. ​​​​​​​

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