[QODLink]
Americas

Brazil's Rousseff sees approval rating tumble

Popularity of country's first female president plummets after nationwide anti-government protests turn violent.

Last Modified: 29 Jun 2013 20:37
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
About a quarter of the Brazilian people think Rousseff's government is doing a bad or terrible job [AP]

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's popularity has plummeted since the outbreak of nationwide protests several weeks ago, with the latest poll showing her approval rating has dropped 27 points in three weeks.

Thirty percent of Brazilians view her administration as good or excellent, one rating showed on Saturday. Just three weeks ago, that was 57 percent.

A quarter of people think her government is doing a "bad or terrible" job - up from nine percent since the last poll.

A survey published by the Datafolha polling centre said it was the largest drop in a president's approval rating since a 1990 fall for Fernando Collor de Mello, who was forced from office because of a corruption scandal.

The Folha newspaper surveyed 4,717 people on June 27 and 28. The poll had a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

Nationwide protests

The protests initially broke out in Sao Paulo targeting bus fare increases. They quickly spread nationwide and the causes expanded to include government corruption, high taxes, poor public services and billions of dollars spent on next year's World Cup football tournament.

Rousseff has responded by proposing a referendum on broad political reform and measures to upgrade public transport, education and health. Congress also rushed through measures to toughen penalties against corruption.

Rousseff faces her next presidential election in October of next year - three months after the end of the World Cup.

Al Jazeera's Adam Raney, reporting from Rio de Janeiro, said the cup would be decisive for Rousseff's political career.

"If the World Cup ends up in protests and confrontation we've seen, she may have a real tough fight on her hands", he said.

271

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.