In RJ, Approval of Security Policy Rises and Reaches 15%

Rejection also decreases, but most are still critical, shows Datafolha

Rio de Janeiro

The approval of the security policy in Rio de Janeiro rose under the management of Governor Wilson Witzel (PSC). According to the Datafolha survey, the percentage of residents of the state capital who consider it great or good jumped from 3% in March 2018 to 15% this month.

Rejection of state government performance in the area dropped from 85% to 55% in the period. The fall, however, did not prevent most Cariocas from continuing to find state security policy lousy or bad.

Rio de Janeiro's Governor Wilson Witzel speaks during the ceremony marking the assembly of the parts of Brazil's new Navy submarine Humaita (SBR-2), at the Itaguai Navy Complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 11, 2019. (Photo by MAURO PIMENTEL / AFP) - AFP

Support for government measures is higher among those with higher household incomes but is lower among women, the youngest and the most educated. The interviewee's color or the fact of living in a favela does not significantly influence the answers.

The survey also showed that 7 out of 10 Rio residents would move out of town because of violence if they could. The percentage decreased by four percentage points (within the margin of error) from March 2018, when the security crisis prompted then-President Michel Temer (MDB) to enact state intervention.

Witzel, who is a former federal judge, took over the state in January with a hardening speech, often using such phrases as "killing offenders" and "shooting his head" in his statements.

Its policy has been marked by increased community operations, as well as by the crackdown on police actions that ended in deaths, even before investigations ended.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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