Majority of Brazilians Think Lula's Release from Prison Was Fair

For 54% of Brazilians, his release was correct; 42% see it as unjust, according to Datafolha

São Paulo

A majority of Brazilians consider the release of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (PT) from prison in November to be fair, according to a survey by Datafolha.

According to the survey, 54% of Brazilians see Lula’s release as fair, and 42% think it was unjustified. Another 5% said they did not know.

Approximately, 2,948 people were interviewed between December 5 and 6, in 176 municipalities across the country. The margin of error is plus or minus two percentage points.

Lula left prison on November 8 (Foto: Eduardo Anizelli/Folhapress) - Folhapress

Lula left prison on November 8, after serving 19 months for money laundering and money laundering in the case of the Guarujá (SP) triplex.

He obtained his freedom thanks to the Supreme Court ruling that found his arrest unconstitutional, given the appeals pending in higher courts.

In April 2018, right after the former president began serving time, his arrest was also seen as fair by 54% of respondents.

At present, 37% said they never trust Lula’s declarations. The distrust rate was higher for statements made by President Jair Bolsonaro (43%).

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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