Brazilians live in an age of mistrust

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Brazilians seem to be looking over their shoulders more than they did in the past. And the country is not only losing faith in its institutions, but citizens have also become less confident in one another. That’s what a series of surveys carried out since 2009 by Ibope Inteligência, a polling institute, shows us. Nearly all institutions have lost prestige – not exactly the best scenario before heading into a crucial election.

The deterioration of Brazilian institutions is nothing new. Last year, for instance, only 32 percent of Brazilians agreed with the statement “democracy may...

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