More Brazilians Believe Moro than Bolsonaro, Datafolha Shows

For 52%, ex-minister speaks the truth, and 56% think the president wants to interfere politically in the Federal Police

São Paulo

In the clash between Sergio Moro and Jair Bolsonaro, Brazilians believe the former Minister of Justice and Public Security more than the president.

The former judge of Operation Car Wash left the government on Friday (24) after Bolsonaro dismissed against his will, the director of the Federal Police, Maurício Valeixo. The former minister delivered a harsh speech and accused the president of political interference in the body.

Bolsonaro denied the intention and said the director had been complaining of tiredness, and the Supreme Court will analyze the case.

The president maintains his support base stable in about a third of the population (Foto: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress, PODER) - Folhapress

According to the information that Datafolha collected in a survey on Monday (27), made by telephone with 1,503 people, 52% of those interviewed said they believed in Moro's version and 20% in Bolsonaro's version. Those who do not believe in either of the two represent 6%, 3% think that both are right, and 19% did not know how to give an opinion.

Bolsonaro wants to nominate people close to his family at the forefront of Justice and Public Security, as well as in the Federal Police - his sons are the target of investigations on topics ranging from connection with militias in Rio and the spread of fake news.

According to Datafolha, 89% are familiar with the then minister's departure from the government.

Asked whether Bolsonaro wants to intervene politically with the Federal Police and Moro did well to step down, 56% said yes. Already 28% think that the president has no such intention, and the ex-minister was wrong to resign, while 4% do not agree with the two positions, and 12% cannot say.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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