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The Brazilian President Temer's Unpopularity Is Mainly Due to the Economy

06/14/2018 - 11h28

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THAIS BILENKY
FROM SÃO PAULO

A Datafolha survey shows that the all-time high unpopularity of Brazilian President Michel Temer (MDB) is due essentially to dissatisfaction with the overall performance of his administration - particularly regarding the economy. It also shows that the president's personal image and the loss of status caused by corruption scandals that involve him are secondary issues.

In a survey held on June 6 and 7, Datafolha identified that 82% of the Brazilian people consider the Temer administration bad or very bad, 14% believe it is average, and 3% say that it is good or very good. It is the worst performance a Brazilian president has had since the indicator started to be recorded in 1989.

Among those who disapprove Temer, 51% spontaneously said that the economy is the reason for their disappointment. The most criticized aspects were unemployment (13%), fuel prices (13%) and taxes (10%).

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Brazilian president Michel Temer
Brazilian president Michel Temer

Twenty-one percent disapprove the president's overall performance stating that the he "did nothing for the poor" (7%); other reasons include lack of preparation and competence (5%). Fifteen percent mentioned corruption and dishonesty.

Temer's image was cited by 5% of those interviewed as the basis for their disapproval, while public health care was cited by 11%. Six percent mentioned the truck drivers' strike.

The survey has a two percent margin of error. In all, 2,824 people over the age of 16 were interviewed in 174 Brazilian cities.

Translated by THOMAS MUELLO

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