Brazil poll shows rising rejection of Bolsonaro

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro

The approval ratingof Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's government is dropping steadilyand its negative rating is climbing, a CNI/Ibope poll showed on Friday, as hiscombative political style and a weak recession weigh on his popularity.

The number ofBrazilians that rate his government as great or good has slipped to 29% from31% in September, while those that view it as bad or terrible have increased to38% from 34% in the previous poll, the new survey said.

The right-winggovernment's positive rating has declined in Ibope's four previous polls thisyear, falling from 35% in April. Its negative rating has risen from 27% inApril.

Public confidencein Bolsonaro's governing style is also dropping, the poll said. A majority ofthose polled, or 53%, do not approve of the way he is governing Brazil,up from 40% in April and 50% in September. Those who approve of his way ofgoverning has fallen to 40% from 51% in April and 44% in September.

The number ofBrazilians who said they trusted Bolsonaro has also dropped off, within themargin of error, to 41% from 51% in April and 42% in September. Those who haveno trust in him rose to 56% from 45% in April and 55% in September.

The poll commissionedby industry lobby CNI was carried out Dec. 5-8, before the latest developmentsin a corruption investigation of Bolsonaro's son Senator Flavio Bolsonaro.

The survey polled2,000 people and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point.

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