According to a survey by Poder Data, backed by news website Poder 360, 50 percent of Brazilians who received the government’s Covid-19 emergency salary approve of President Jair Bolsonaro. Researchers interviewed benefit recipients between August 31 and September 02. The report showed a slight decrease of 5 percentage points compared to the previous period of analysis, carried out between August 17 and 19.
As The Brazilian Report has shown, the coronavirus financial aid has boosted Mr. Bolsonaro’s support among poorer classes, and has raised his popularity to the highest level since taking office in 2018. Despite President Bolsonaro’s Covid-19 denialism, the BRL 600 aid program showed the “price” of a president’s popularity.
Now, the federal government announced an extension of the emergency salary, cutting the monthly benefits to BRL 300.
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