Most Brazilians believe that governors and mayors are incorrect in reopening trade and services closed due to the new coronavirus pandemic, according to a new Datafolha survey.
The reopening has been implemented at a time when the country has not yet reached the peak of the disease, and scientists project an increasing number of new deaths. The survey also shows that two out of three people believe the pandemic situation is getting worse.
The city of SÃ£o Paulo, for example, decided to reopen shopping malls, with restricted hours, on June 11, the day when it registered 125 deaths by Covid-19. Since then, that daily figure has been topped on at least five occasions.
Now, the capital of SÃ£o Paulo is also preparing to resume face-to-face service in bars and restaurants, in addition to the reopening of parks, even though the government has yet to control the number of cases. The justification is that the hospital situation is more controlled, with beds available to care for the sick. Similar incidents occur across the country.
The sectors of the population most opposed to the reopening are the following: women (58% believe that governors and mayors acted poorly when making these decisions), young people (61% of those between 16 and 24 years old share this opinion) and the most educated (56 % of those with higher education).
The Datafolha survey interviews took place over the phone, with 2,016 Brazilians aged 16 and over on the 23rd and 24th of June. The margin of error is two percentage points, up or down, with a 95% confidence level.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon