Popularity rating of Brazil president plummets

A new poll shows Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff`s popularity has plummeted since the outbreak of nationwide protests several weeks ago.

Updated: Jun 29, 2013, 19:42 PM IST

Sao Paulo: A new poll shows Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff`s popularity has plummeted since the outbreak of nationwide protests several weeks ago.

The Datafolha survey published today finds 30 percent of respondents giving positive marks to Rousseff`s government, down from 57 percent registered in its previous poll before the demonstrations began.

Datafolha says it`s the biggest drop in a president`s approval rating since a 1990 fall for then-President Fernando Collor de Mello, who was forced from office because of a corruption scandal.

The recent protests first targeted transportation fare hikes and quickly expanded to a variety of causes including government corruption, high taxes, poor public services and billions of dollars spent for next year`s World Cup soccer tournament.

Datafolha surveyed 4,717 people on June 27 and 28. Its poll has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

PTI