The popularity of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is witnessing a decline, the worst in two years, according to a poll published on Friday, as the country hits a second wave of Covid-19.
According to the poll conducted by the “Datafolha” Institute, only 31% of Brazilians believe that the far-right president is doing “good” or “very good”, compared to 37% in the last polls conducted in August and December.
The percentage of Brazilians who consider his presidency to be “bad” or “very bad” rose from 32% to 40% of those polled.
The decline in Bolsonaro’s popularity coincides with the end of the economic aid paid from April to December to 68 million Brazilians (about a third of the population) intended to confront the consequences of the pandemic that has killed 215,000 people in Brazil, the second country most affected by the pandemic, after the United States.
The Brazilian government is also under criticism for its mismanagement of the health crisis and for delays in the vaccination campaign that began this week.
According to “Datafolha”, the rejection rate for Bolsonaro is 51% among people who fear infection with the emerging coronavirus.
Bolsonaro has continued to reduce the impact of the health crisis, and on Friday he renewed his doubts about the effectiveness of anti-Coronavirus vaccines.
Brazil recorded a total of 215,000 deaths as a result of the virus, and it counts more than a thousand deaths daily, making it the second most affected country in the world by the pandemic, after the United States.