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  • President Jair Bolsonaro at the National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., March 19, 2019.

    President Jair Bolsonaro at the National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., March 19, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 21 March 2019

Fewer and fewer Brazilians trust Bolsonaro and his conservatives ministers.

The Brazilian Institute of Public Opinion and Statistics (IBOPE) released Wednesday results from a survey according to which citizens' rejection of President Jair Bolsonaro increased from 21 percent to 38 percent since he began his term.

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Fewer and fewer Brazilians trust Bolsonaro and his conservatives ministers. Between January and March, the approval of his neoliberal policies decreased from 62 percent to 49 percent. On the other hand, the percentage of people who do not trust him rose from 30 percent to 44 percent.

According to Andre Pereira, a political analyst from Hold Consultants, the approval of the Bolsonaro administration has fallen drastically as a result of multiple scandals. Among them are the use of "ghost" candidates to receive electoral funds, the alleged financial irregularities of Bolsonaro's son, suspicions of links between the Bolsonaro family and paramilitary militias, and the lack of economic positive results.

Bolsonaro has also received greater social rejection for his misogynistic, racist and violent speech, samples of which are phrases such as "I am in favor of torture," "I would be incapable of loving a homosexual son, I'd prefer him to die," I don't rape you because you are not worthy of it," or "It was good I was beaten as a child, my dad taught me to be a man."

"An important fact to be highlighted: [former President] Michel Temer' imprisonment happens in a context in which Jair Bolsonaro 'acceptance falls sharply, as Ibope's poll, released yesterday, demonstrates."

According to IBOPE, which is a 77-year-old private company, 34 percent of those surveyed found the Bolsonaro administration doing a "great/good" job, compared to 49 percent in mid-January. The government's "bad/terrible" rating rose from 11 percent to 24 percent in the last three months. 

In this week, the rejection of President Bolsonaro increased even further due to the racist, anti-migrants statements he made during his visit to the U.S., where he made the Alcanta military base available to President Donald Trump.

"The performance of [Bolsonaro's] government is worse than the performance of Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff", InfoMoney, a local financial media, commented and added that Lula had a 41 percent great/good job rating at the third month of his term. 

IBOPE surveyed 2,002 Brazilians between March 16 and 19, 2019. The poll's margin of error is 2 percent.

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