Most Brazilians receiving pandemic emergency aid from the federal government use the money to buy food. This was revealed by a Datafolha survey conducted on 11 and 12 August, with 2,065 people. The margin of error is two percentage points.
According to the institute, 53% of the ears said they used the R $ 600 a month they receive, preferably to buy their food. Next, Brazilians' priorities are paying bills (25%) and defraying domestic expenses (16%).
Other responses totaled 4%, and 1% of respondents use the money to buy medicine, masks, or gel alcohol, items associated with fighting the new coronavirus pandemic.
The team of Economy Minister Paulo Guedes wanted the aid to be R $ 200. Still, the amount tripled in Congress, aiming to alleviate the economic paralysis's impact due to social distance and disruption of entire sectors, such as tourism and restaurants.
Last week, the minister said the spending was unsustainable beyond this month. Initially, the program would run from April to June but was extended until August. Around R $ 50 billion are spent monthly, according to the economic team.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon