The popularity of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro continues to decline, fundamentally affected by its policy against the pandemic of coronavirus.
The disapproval rate of your government increased eight percentage points since December and reached 40%, amid the worsening of the health crisis and the end of subsidies by the ruling party, according to a survey by the Datafolha Institute released this Friday.
According to the survey, the approval rating moved in the same direction and went from 37% in December to 31% current, which shows a fall in popularity of the head of state, one of the most denialist leaders about the severity of the pandemic.
The severe health crisis caused by Covid in the Amazon, where oxygen is lacking, affected the image of the Brazilian national government. (EFE)
According to the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, which disclosed the study, the rejection rate for Bolsonaro once again exceeded the approval rate.
Last December, Bolsonaro maintained a record level of approval, while in the new poll is approaching the worst moment of its popularity, registered in June 2020, when the rejection rate was 44% and the approval rate was 32%.
Worsening of the pandemic
The survey was conducted on a total of 2,030 people between January 20 and 21, in the midst of the worsening of the health crisis, especially in the state of Amazonas, which suffers from lack of oxygen to care for the sick.
According to the data of the last bulletin, Brazil accumulates 215,243 deaths and 8,753,920 infections from the first case registered by the country on February 26 of last year and the first death on March 12.
The vaccination campaign was not as effective as expected. The state with the most cattle was that of San Pablo, where a rival of Bolsonaro governs. (AFP)
Such figures confirm Brazil as one of the global epicenters of the pandemic and as the second country with the most deaths in the world from covid-19 after the United States and the third with the most cases after the North American nation and India.
The survey also coincided with the start of the national immunization campaign with the vaccine developed by the lSinovac Chinese Laboratory, which has been criticized on several occasions by the president.
The Coronavac was promoted in Brazil by the governor of São Paulo, Joao Doria, Bolsonaro’s main political rival and possible candidate for the presidential elections of 2022, so the start of immunization with the Chinese vaccine was interpreted by many analysts as a political defeat for the leader of the Brazilian far right.
Finally, the Datafolha survey was the first since the Government interrupted subsidies granted throughout 2020 to the poorest and unemployed by the pandemic.
Bolsonaro rejected the use of a chinstrap and downplayed the pandemic. (AP)
The so-called “emergency aid” was approved last April, amid the quarantines and various restrictions that regional and municipal governments adopted to contain the coronavirus despite the rejection of Bolsonaro, who tried unsuccessfully to veto those preventive measures.
The subsidy was approved by Parliament last March for the value of 600 reais (about $ 110) and granted to about 70 million people, including informal workers and those who no longer had or lost their jobs due to the pandemic.
That last value was cut in half in October and paid for the last time in December, since the 2021 budgets do not contemplate the continuity of the subsidy.