Bolsonaro's Approval Rating Falls the Most among Poor Brazilians between 35 and 59

Rejection of the government increased among former supporters, Datafolha says

Guilherme Magalhães Flávia Faria
São Paulo

The number of people who consider Bolsonaro's government to be bad grew in all segments of income, age, education, region, and race, but it grew the most among the poorest 35 to 59-year-olds, according to a Datafolha poll conducted August 29-30.

The people who straddle these two categories—those with a monthly family income of up to two minimum wages and people aged 35 to 59— was decisive for the overall increase in Bolsonaro's disapproval ratings.

The survey shows that in August, 38% of respondents considered the Bolsonaro government to be bad or very bad, and 29% rated it great or good, while 30% considered it fair.

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro reacts during a launching ceremony of public policies against violent crimes at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil August 29, 2019. Picture taken August 29, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado - REUTERS

In April, when Datafolha did the first government evaluation survey, 30% rated it as poor or very bad, 32% as great or good, and 33% as fair.

For those with a monthly family income of up to two minimum wages, disapproval went from 34% in April to 43% in August. This slice represents 44% of the Brazilian population aged 16 or older.

Disapproval of Bolsonaro was also high among 35-44-year-olds and 45-59-year-olds in the April and August data comparison - both segments representing 44% of the population.

Datafolha's managing director, Mauro Paulino, interprets the growth of disapproval in these two slices as a result of the pension reform, approved by the House in July. "There are two tracks hit directly by this theme."

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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