As Brazil's Economy Improves, Bolsonaro's Approval Ratings Expected to Increase

According Datafolha, Bolsonaro's approval fluctuates from 29% to 30%, and his rejection, from 38% to 36%

São Paulo

The slow recovery in economic activity has helped President Jair Bolsonaro curb his government's sharp decline in popularity in recent months, according to a new survey by Datafolha.

The approval rating for its administration, about to turn one year old, fluctuated from 29% to 30% in the first week of December, within the margin of error, by plus or minus two percentage points.

Brazilian President Jair Messias Bolsonaro attends the 55th summit of the South American trade bloc Mercosur (Southern Common Market) in Bento Goncalves, Brazil, Dec. 5, 2019. (Xinhua/Rahel Patrasso)

Failure, which went from 30% to 38% in the first eight months after taking office, has now fluctuated to 36%, also on the margin of error. Datafolha interviewed 2,948 people in 176 municipalities on Thursday (5) and Friday (6).

Research shows that part of the population returned to have a positive expectation regarding the economy. At 43%, it has improved in the coming months. In August, only 40% thought so. At the beginning of the government, it was 50%.

The endorsement of the work of Paulo Guedes's team rose from 20% to 25%. In contrast, perceptions about Bolsonaro management in the areas of anti-corruption (34% to 29%) and culture (31% to 28%) worsened.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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