Sao Paulo, July 4 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 4th Jul, 2020 ) :As the number of dead from coronavirus shot up in Brazil, the popularity of far right President Jair Bolsonaro has remained unchanged.
For his supporters, the president has done nothing wrong despite more than 63,000 deaths and 1.5 million infections.
Local epidemiologists and the World Health Organization have expressed concern about the president’s approach in a country that is second only to the United States in terms of total cases and deaths from the virus.
Yet a poll by Datafolha at the end of June found that 32 percent of Brazilians thought Bolsonaro’s government was “good or very good,” a number that hasn’t dropped since the start of the health crisis.
He says most of the president’s supporters recognize there’s a health risk — but with Brazil set for a record recession this year, many have been deeply resistant to the lockdown.
“He’s lost some points amongst those that supported him since the election. The faithful make up only 22 percent,” he said.
On the flip side, “he’s gained some amongst the lower social classes thanks to the 600 reais ($112) emergency support” given to almost 60 million Brazilians.
If the economy is crashing, that’s the fault of state governors.
Doria was quick to impose a lockdown at the start of the crisis, but the state, by far the largest in Brazil, has been the worst affected by the pandemic.
“Bolsonaro is taking wise decisions” and has “competent ministers,” according to another demonstrator, Lee Freitas.
Two health ministers have left the job since the pandemic began after clashing with Bolsonaro over the country’s approach to the crisis.
“We support this management. We’re delighted to have a patriotic president who is cheered everywhere he goes,” added Freitas.
Bolsonaro is well known for mingling with his supporters, even during lockdown when social distancing measures were in place — and being ignored by those very groups.