Latinobarómetro: Brazilians lack faith in institutions

. Nov 08, 2017
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Brazil is among the least trusting and most pessimistic of all Latin American countries, according to new research from non-profit Latinobarómetro. In the latest results from the firm’s annual research, which ranges from faith in democracy and political institutions to identifying one’s own social class and expectations for the coming year, Brazil emerged as home to one of the continent’s most cynical populations.

The Latinobarómetro’s approval rating was more generous to President Temer than was Datafolha, which recently locked in Mr. Temer’s presidency at 3 percent, with a 3 percentage-point margin of error. Latinobarómetro, meanwhile, placed Temer with a 6 percent approval rating. But this is still a drastic decline from 2016, when 22 percent of the Brazilian population said it approved of the current government head – although it’s worth noting that Latinobarómetro’s research saw Ms. Rousseff’s popularity tumble from 56 percent to 29 percent from 2013 to 2014, as Brazil’s recession began to really hit the economy.

Out of all the countries in Latin America, Brazil had the lowest rates of satisfaction with current democracy. Just 32 percent of Brazilians agreed with the statement “democracy may have problems but it is the best system of government”.

</p> <p>According to Marta Lagos, founder and executive director of Latinobarómetro, &#8220;few times did Latin America experienced a more convulsed period as it has right now.&#8221; She adds: &#8220;We are not seeing revolutions, nor great social events, but rather the sum of many significant factors that are forming a very clear picture [of social dissatisfaction].&#8221;</p> <p>

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