Support for Pension Reform Is Increasing Among Brazilians

Datafolha shows that women and those who did not vote for Jair Bolsonaro still reject changes pension reform

Ana Estela de Sousa Pinto
São Paulo

A majority of Brazilians no longer reject pension reform, according to Datafolha. The percentage of those opposed to changes in pensions and pensions fell from 51% to 44% between April and July.

The share of those who support the proposal has risen from 41% to 47% and is now numerically higher than that of the opposition, but within the margin of error (of 2 percentage points for more or less), which is a technical tie.

Rodrigo Maia, the President of the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil. (Foto: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress, PODER) - Folhapress

The decline in rejection and the growth of support for retirement appear in all age groups, schooling and family income and also occurred regardless of the election choices in 2018.

The change of opinion was stronger among the voters of Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) and those who didn’t vote in Bolsonaro or Fernando Haddad (PT).

Bolsonaro supporters in favor of reform were 55 percent in April and now stand at 67 percent; from 36% to 27%. Among Haddad supporters, rejection went from 72 percent to 67 percent, and support rose from 22 percent to 25 percent.

Datafolha heard, on 4 and 5 July, 2,086 Brazilians aged 16 years or more across the country.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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