Brazilians don’t trust their institutions anymore. According to Latinobarómetro, a non-profit organization that conducts political surveys in Latin America, Brazilians’ appreciation of democracy is down to just 32 percent. Only 1 percent of people trust political parties “a lot.” Congress is appreciated by a mere 3 percent of people. And unsurprisingly, Brazilians think that corruption is our biggest problem.
Our sitting politicians are not the most popular bunch, and voters are craving change. A recent survey has shown that 55 percent are willing to vote for someone who has no experience running for office. And 72 percent believe that Brazil will experience a major political renewal in the October general elections.
All of these factors suggest that a wave of outsiders will come, and political renewal will be at an all-time high. Well, think again. According to the Inter-union Parliamentary Advisory Department (DIAP), an interest group dedicated to studying Congress, renewal in the House could be as low as 30 percent – which would be, by far, the lowest rate since Brazil became a democracy in 1985.