An increasing share of Brazilian citizens has a negative opinion of Congress. A poll by PoderData from December 2020 indicates that 38 percent of those interviewed described legislators’ work as “bad” or “terrible,” as opposed to 31 percent in August of the same year. Only 13 percent of citizens deemed Congress’ performance as “good” or “excellent,” three percentage points less than in August.
Indeed, that the approval of Congress would decrease while the Legislative branch — and not the Executive — is leading the country through a deadly pandemic seems counterintuitive.
But what explains this mismatch between public opinion and actual performance?