For Brazilians, no political institution is as corrupt as Congress. In second comes the government’s executive branch, with the judicial system coming in at a distant third. At least, that’s what a recent survey published by Transparency International reveals us.

That difference between perceptions of the judicial system and other branches of government is peculiar to Latin America. In general, countries from other regions of the globe don’t see judges and courts as detached from lawmakers and the presidency when it comes to endemic corruption.

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In 2016, Transparency International, an international NGO, interviewed 22,000 people spread across 20 Latin American countries.

The goal of the project was to measure public perception of corruption in different countries. Just over a thousand of those interviewees were located in Brazil, and the results are not surprising.

The government does little

For 56 percent of Brazilians, the country’s sitting government hasn’t done a decent job to fight corruption. Only 35 percent believe that authorities have handled cases of corruption properly.

That perception sits in line with how other Latin Americans evaluate their governments. Out of the 20 countries, only six – Argentina, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Ecuador, and Guatemala – had populations who believed that their country was satisfactorily fighting corruption.

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However, the perception that corruption has grown worse was unanimous across all countries. In Brazil, no less than 78 percent of people agreed – a rate smaller than only Venezuela (87 percent), Chile (80 percent), and Peru (79 percent).

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In its concluding statements, the Transparency International report declares the following:

In Brazil, bribery for public services was much lower, but citizens were critical of government efforts to fight corruption and an overwhelming majority thought that its levels were on the rise.

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BY Sérgio Spagnuolo

Journalist, data editor at Aos Fatos fact-checking agency and creator of Volt Data Lab, a data journalism company.