Support for Democracy Falls in First Year of Bolsonaro Government

Datafolha survey shows less people support democracy than one year ago

São Paulo

One year into Jair Bolsonaro’s administration, support for democracy has fallen as the best form of government, according to Datafolha research.

For 62% of respondents, democracy is always better than any other form of government. In the previous survey, carried out in the week of the first round of the October 2018 elections, this rate was 69%.

At the same time, the share of the population for whom a democratic or dictatorship government is sufficient has grown from 13 percent to 22. The percentage of respondents who say dictatorship is preferable under certain circumstances remained stable at 12%.

Demonstration against the military regime. Foto Marlene Bergamo/Folhapress

The divergence from democracy as the best form of government is greater among the segments when divided by education and income.

The claim that democracy is always better 85% of respondents with higher education and 81% of those with a monthly family income of more than ten minimum wages. This rate drops to 48% among those who have only elementary school education and to 53% among those who earn up to two minimum wages.

Regarding the occupation of the interviewee, support for democracy reaches 80% among civil servants and falls to 42% among the unemployed who are not looking for a job.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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