Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has a 37% credit rating, the highest since taking office last year, although Covid-19 is still raging in the country.
A poll conducted by Datafolha on August 11-12 by calling more than 2,000 people found that 37% of people surveyed rated his government as excellent or good, compared with 32% in June. Meanwhile, the proportion of people who rated his government in bad shape fell 10 percentage points to 34%.
President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia on August 12. Photo: AFP.
Bolsonaro has drawn criticism for his refusal to carry out social stretch and protest against a blockade to contain Covid-19 in Brazil, the second largest epidemic region in the world with more than 3.2 million people infected and more than 106,000 deaths. Even though he himself was infected with nCoV, the President continued to lower the danger of the virus.
Datafolha explains the increased credit rating because the government has implemented a aid package for the poor about $ 110 a month to offset the income lost because of Covid-19. In Northeast Brazil, the poor region where voters can decide Bolsonaro’s chances of re-election by 2022, the percentage of dissatisfaction with the President has dropped from 52% to 35%.
Bolsonaro welcomed the poll results and joked on Twitter August 14: “Truth, half truth or fake news? Good morning, everyone”.
Phuong Vu (Reuters)