Disapproval of Jair Bolsonaro jumps after Amazon crisis, poll shows

A new survey found that 51 per cent of Brazilians thought Bolsonaro had done a bad or terrible job responding to the fires

In this file photo taken on April 26, 2019, an indigenous woman holds a Brazilian national flags stained in red during a march in Brasilia on the last day of a protest to defend indigenous land and rights. AFP
In this file photo taken on April 26, 2019, an indigenous woman holds a Brazilian national flags stained in red during a march in Brasilia on the last day of a protest to defend indigenous land and rights. AFP

Brazilians saying that President Jair Bolsonaro is doing a "bad or terrible" job rose to 38 per cent from 33 per cent previously, following global outcry over the government's handling of record fires in the Amazon rainforest.

The Datafolha polling institute found that 29 per cent say that Mr Bolsonaro is doing a "great or good" job, down from 33 per cent in July, according to the poll published on Monday.

Brazilians who said that Mr Bolsonaro was doing a normal job fell to 30 per cent from 31 per cent previously, within the margin of error.

Datafolha found that 51 per cent of Brazilians thought Mr Bolsonaro had done a bad or terrible job responding to the Amazon fires.

Last month, Brazil's space research agency INPE revealed that the highest number of forest fires were tearing through the Amazon rainforest since 2010, sparking international outcry demanding that the country do more to protect the world's largest tropical rainforest.

Mr Bolsonaro authorised the military to fight the fires after several days of public protests and criticism from world leaders.

The far-right firebrand also engaged in a public war of words with French President Emmanuel Macron, who called the fires "ecocide" and for more to be done to combat them as Group of Seven wealthy nations met in France.

Mr Bolsonaro ultimately said that he would only accept an offer of $20 million in aid if Mr Macron withdrew "insults" against him.

Datafolha found that 66 per cent of Brazilians said that Brazil should be accepting international aide to combat Amazon deforestation.

Mr Bolsonaro won the presidency last year with a commanding lead but has seen his support steadily erode since taking office on Jan. 1.

The Datafolha institute polled 2,878 people in 175 towns across Brazil on August 29 and 30. The poll has a 2 per cent margin of error.

Published: September 2, 2019 05:53 PM

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