President of Brazil Dilma Vana Rousseff. AFP
Published on September 26, 2012
The popularity of Brazil's first woman president continues to rise and public trust in her administration far exceeds that of her two male predecessors, despite a slowing economy, a CNI/Ibope poll showed on Wednesday.
The approval rating of President Dilma Rousseff's government rose to 62 percent, 3 percentage points higher than in the previous CNI/Ibope poll three months ago.
Rousseff has been battling to jump-start a sluggish economy with a flurry of stimulus measures that include tax breaks on manufacturers and consumers, and recently took steps to lower some of the world's highest energy costs.
The world's No. 6 economy is expected to grow just 1.5 percent this year, a far cry from the red-hot 7.5 percent expansion seen two years ago.
An ongoing corruption scandal involving Rousseff's ruling Workers Party over vote buying a decade ago and a bruising four-month strike by public sector employees have not dented her popularity after nearly two years in office, the poll showed.
Her personal approval rating as president remains at 77 percent, the same as in March and June of this year.
Trust in Rousseff's stewardship of Latin America's largest nation is riding at between 72 percent and 73 percent, compared 53 percent for former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso and 54 percent for Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the widely popular union leader turned president who chose her to succeed him.
The left-leaning Rousseff harshly criticized the economic policies of rich nations at the United Nations on Tuesday, saying they were failing to end the global crisis and harming emerging markets such as hers.
The quarterly poll of 2,000 people by Ibope and CNI, the country's largest industry lobby, was conducted between Sept. 17 and 21 and has a margin of error of 2 percentage point.