For 47%, Bolsonaro Is Not to Blame for 100,000 Deaths in Brazil

11% do not see any chief president at fault; for 49%, Brazilians do not do what is necessary to contain the disease

São Paulo

Brazil recently reached the dire mark of 100,000 coronavirus deaths, but Brazilians remain divided over the responsibility of Jair Bolsonaro (without a party) for the tragic mark.

Almost half of them, 47%, say they believe the president is not to blame for the deaths. Those who think Bolsonaro is responsible account for 52% - 11% of those who see him as the main culprit and 41% of those who say he is one of the culprits, but not the main one.

The data comes from a Datafolha survey conducted by phone with 2,065 adult Brazilians who have cell phones, on August 11 and 12. The 100,000 Covid-19 deaths were reached on 8 August, less than five months after the disease's first death was recorded in the country.

Jair Bolsonaro in Belém (PA) (Foto: Marx Vasconcelos /Futura Press/Folhapress)

The percentage of those who blame the president is higher among those who consider his government to be excellent or good (80%) and among those who voted for him in the second round of elections (64%). Conversely, among those who consider the current government to be bad or very bad, 86% believe in the partial or total responsibility of the government for deaths.

The same survey showed that Bolsonaro has the best assessment since his term began in 2019: 37% consider his government to be excellent or good, as Folha showed on Thursday (13). Those who rate the government as regular are 27% and those who see it as bad or terrible, 34%.

According to Datafolha, among Brazilians with the highest income (more than ten minimum wages), 61% see Bolsonaro as mainly responsible for the deaths. Among those who earn up to two minimum wages, 49% think that the president is not to blame.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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