Brazil Poll: Approval For President Rousseff Rises To Record 79%
BRASILIA--Approval for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff rose to a new record-high level in March despite a recent
lagging performance by the country's economy, a poll from the Ibope opinion research institute Tuesday showed.
According to the poll, 79% of Brazilians approved the president's personal performance in office. The figure was up
from 78% reported in a previous poll in December.
The number of respondents disapproving of the president's performance held steady at 17% compared with the previous
poll, while the remainder surveyed didn't know or didn't respond.
The poll also showed that support for Ms. Rousseff's administration overall rose by one percentage point to 63%.
Twenty-nine percent of respondents said the government was average, and 7% said it was poor.
The Rousseff administration continued to post its highest marks in relation to fighting poverty and hunger, with 64%
of respondents showing approval and 34% disapproval.
Regarding unemployment, 57% of respondents gave approval and 40% disapproved.
On the government's management of inflation, 48% of respondents gave approval, while 47% said they disapproved.
Regarding interest rates, only 42% of respondents gave approval in the latest poll, while 50% said they disapproved.
The government continued to get its worst marks on the matters of taxes, public security, and healthcare. More than
60% of respondents said they disapproved of the government's management of these areas.
The latest favorable poll results for the government come despite 2012 economic growth of less than one percent and
12-month inflation of more than 6%. The government, however, has managed to maintain the country's unemployment rate at
5.4%, near an historic low.
The Ibope poll, which was sponsored by the National Confederation of Industries, was taken among 2,002 voting age
Brazilians in 143 cities nationwide between March 8-11. The poll's margin of error is two percentage points.
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