The approval rate of the Jair Bolsonaro government during the pandemic, according to the results presented this Thursday in an Ibope survey commissioned by the National Confederation of Industry (CNI). According to the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, this is the highest percentage increase in approval since assuming the presidency of Brazil.
The number of Brazilians who classify the executive job Jair Bolsonaro as good or great increased from 29% in December to 40%. On the other hand, those who consider the performance to be poor or very bad have dropped from 38% in the previous survey to 29%.
Although Bolsonaro was criticized for trying to put the gravity of the covid-19 outbreak in perspective and for opposing periods of confinement, in order to try to keep the economy going, 50% of respondents say they approve of the president’s way of governing, also a increase from 41% in December 2019.
During the pandemic – which in Brazil has one of the biggest sources of infection in the world, only alongside the United States and India -, the number of people who say they trust the Brazilian President also went up, from 41% to 46%. These data go against another survey, released by the Datafolha Institute earlier this month, which reported an increase in the failure rate of Jair Bolsonaro.
The increase in confidence and approval, according to the CNI / Ibope study, grew more among respondents with less academic qualifications and lower incomes.
Among respondents with a level of education up to the eighth grade of elementary education (equivalent to the ninth year of schooling in Portugal), there was an increase of 19% in those who rated the government as good or excellent (from 25% to 44%).
In terms of income, both the assessment of the government and the way of governing has improved mainly among those who earn up to a minimum wage. The increase in approval was verified mainly in the peripheries of the capitals and in the South and Northeast regions of Brazil.
According to CNI’s executive director of economics, Renato da Fonseca, this behavior is due to government support during the pandemic.
“Apparently, emergency aid played an important role in improving the assessment of the government of Jair Bolsonaro, as reflected in the growth in the approval of actions to combat hunger and poverty,” he said in the CNI statement.
The survey, carried out between 17 and 20 September, heard two thousand people from 127 municipalities and has a margin of error of two percentage points.