Despite the harsh criticism that the president of Brazil received for his management of the coronavirus and his environmental policy, his rose 11 points since December.
The popularity of the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has soared to 40%, the highest level since the beginning of his term, despite his controversial management of the coronavirus pandemic and his environmental policy, according to a poll released this Thursday by the National Confederation of Industry (CNI).
The survey, prepared by the institute Ibope, shows an increase of eleven points in the percentage of Brazilians who classify the far-right leader’s management as “optimal” or “good”, compared to the 29% who thought so in December last year.
“The Popularity of President Jair Bolsonaro reverses the downward trend that persisted over the past year and it improves between December 2019 and September 2020, “the CNI said in a report.
The result reflects an upward trend in Bolsonaro’s popularity that was already anticipated by another poll, by the Datafolha firm, released in mid-August and which set the approval rate of the president at 37%.
According to Ibope, the index of rejection of the head of state presented a fall of nine points, from the 38% registered in December to the current 29%, the same percentage that today evaluates his management as “regular”.
On the other hand, 50% of Brazilians approved his way of governing, compared to 41% in the poll last December.
The new survey also showed that the percentage of Brazilians who trust the far-right president grew from 41% to 46% in the same period, a figure even lower than when he began his term on January 1, 2019 (51%) .
According to the CNI, the approval rate of the Bolsonaro government improved “mainly among those interviewed with up to a minimum wage”, which in Brazil is approximately $ 200, and among those “with a lower degree of education.”
The best evaluated areas of the Executive are Public Security (51%), Combating poverty (48%), Education (44%) and Health (43%), according to the survey.
According to specialists, the rise in Bolsonaro’s popularity ratings is due to the subsidy distribution during the pandemic for informal workers, the unemployed and vulnerable families, a policy that the government has extended until December this year.
The Ibope survey is the result of interviews with 2,000 people conducted between September 17 and 20 in 127 municipalities of the country and has a margin of error of two points.
The president, one of the world’s most deniers about the danger of the virus which he himself suffered last July, has downplayed the severity of the pandemic from the start and constantly challenged social distancing measures.
The president participated, in the midst of the health crisis, in protests called by his followers who demanded the “closure” of Parliament and the Supreme Court through “a military intervention.”
Likewise, he came to qualify Covid-19 as “little flu”, he censured the use of chinstraps and considers quarantines a “crime” because they mean economic ruin for the country.
His “aggressive” environmental policy is also being criticized by civil society and some European governments who have raised the alarm about the worrying data on deforestation and fires in the Amazon and the Pantanal.