Marijuana and Abortion Divide Young Brazilians, who Defend Health and Public Education

The majority of the group defend topics such as health and public education, as well as adoption by gay couples and racial quotas.

São Paulo

Among young Brazilians, some issues are almost unanimous. This is the case for public health (99%) and education — both in primary and secondary education (98%) and in higher education (97%). In addition, the adoption of children by homosexual couples also has high approval (83%). That is, regardless of age, political position, and family income, the vast majority agree with these themes. According to the Youth Atlas, about 50 million people in Brazil are young people — a portion of the population aged between 15 and 29.

Most also agree on other agendas, but not with such adherence. This is the case, for example, of racial quotas, supported by 69%. Topics such as the decriminalization of marijuana, abortion, and the death penalty divide young people.

The results are from a Datafolha survey, which carried out a thousand interviews with young people on July 20 and 21 in 12 capitals (São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Fortaleza, Recife, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Goiânia, Brasília, Manaus, and Belem).

The margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points within the 95% confidence level.

Translated by Cassy Dias

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