Amid World Crisis Brazil’s Lula Gets Stratospheric 80% Approval

Brazilian president Lula speaks Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and his administration's approval rating soared to a record 80.3% and 71.1%, respectively, during November, the highest for a Brazilian leader and his government since 1998, according to a poll from Instituto Sensus released in Brazilian capital BrasÀ­lia.

The government's approval rating climbed from 68.8% in September, while Lula's own performance rating increased from 77.7% in that same month.

The Brazilian president's popularity may have benefited from Brazil's economic growth after GDP expanded 6.8% in the third quarter from a year earlier, the fastest pace in four years.

Sensus also asked Brazilians about the possible candidates for presidential elections in 2010 when Lula's second term is up and can't be re-elected for another immediate period.

The presidential hopeful with most chances during November 2008 was São Paulo governor José Serra, with 46.5% support. Serra was defeated in 2002 by Lula, but has proven a formidable adversary having recovered Brazil's most important and influential state, São Paulo.

Runner up was Marxist Heloí­sa Helena Lima from the Socialism and Liberty party, which broke away from Lula da Silva's Workers Party. She appears with a 12.5% support and in third place, Dilma Rousseff, (10.4%) currently cabinet chief and whom Lula has said would make an "ideal candidate" and follower of his policies.

Sensus polled 2,000 people in 136 municipalities from December 8 to December 12. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. The poll was commissioned by the National Transportation Confederation

In spite of the record support political analysts point out to the fact that LatAm's largest economy will lose steam this quarter as companies eliminate jobs and cut sales forecasts due to tighter credit conditions.

Automakers slashed jobs in November; the country's leading mining company Vale sliced iron-ore output by 10% and fired 1,300 workers, while food maker Sadia SA delayed plans to build a 700 million-real (US$ 294-million) facility in Santa Catarina state.

Moreover, Morgan Stanley predicts Brazil's economy may not grow at all next year.

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  • falupa

    Support?
    This is ridiculous. The Brasilian economy is in shambles. We are facing harder times to come and a downfall in the overall economy, not to mention inflation and even greater separation between the wealthy and poor. Lula’s government has been a mess.

  • observer

    Looks like Mr Decouple is doing good again…did we forget his “mea culpa” a few years ago when he was practically crying on TV asking the country to forgive his associates corruption..noooo not his!!!

  • ch.c.

    but….but….but…..from NOW ON……
    ….it can only go…DOWN !!!!!
    Who takes the bet ?

    Just think about it !

    😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉

  • João da Silva

    Forrest
    [quote]14.000 have been let go just this month in one company [/quote]

    What is the name of the Company ? I don’t think that Roger Agnelli decided to fire so many folks. Cant be Petrobras, either, unless it wanted to get rid of those that are involved in “Un-Brasilian” activities and replace them with the “Subjects” of Raul Castro. Clue us all in, please.

  • forrest allen brown

    RA
    looks like he is trying to set himself up for a 3 term
    just like chaves
    took over the press to do it in his country

    .lula is holding back the bad from his people to
    put him in line for a push in the congress first of next year

    neather are even half the leader as coulmbia has

    14.000 have been let go just this month in one company
    how many more do you think it will take

  • Augustus

    DISMAYED!!! YET, NOT REALLY SURPRISED
    Considering the unfortunate reality of the Brazilian population, whereby the great majority lacks, at best, exposure to a healthy education (but in reality are either altogether illiterate, or has barely been taught the letters of the alphabet, and now proudly boast the ability to sign their own names), it unfortunately NOT at all surprising that such misfortunate well intended individuals are simply unable to comprehend the extreme inadequacy of the current President of Brazil.

    Because Lula represents a slightly improved version of these very uneducated masses, given his rather poor control of the Portuguese language, and rather embarrassing, if not ridiculous statements recurrently made during his frequent foreign trips, I trust the good-natured and naÀƒ¯ve members of the Brazilian masses feel compelled to support him, with whom they must identify and feel closely related À¢€“ almost as family members…

    This phenomenon ought to apply particularly for the northern / northeastern (and perhaps also Central) regions of the country, since not only LulaÀ¢€™s family originally migrated from one of such states, but also because the great majority of the overall Brazilian uneducated masses reside. As such, considering the population, diversity and vastness of the area (comprising about 3/5 of the country), it seems unlikely that LulaÀ¢€™s unofficial army of À¢€œfellow under-educated north/northeastern supportersÀ¢€Â would easily consider withdrawing their unrelenting, nearly blind sponsorship.

    Yet, because much harder times regrettably lie ahead, it may prove fairly more challenging for our embarrassing À¢€œrulerÀ¢€Â to maintain such levels of popularityÀ¢€¦

    [quote]In spite of the record support political analysts point out to the fact that LatAm’s largest economy will lose steam this quarter as companies eliminate jobs and cut sales forecasts due to tighter credit conditions.

    Automakers slashed jobs in November; the country’s leading mining company Vale sliced iron-ore output by 10% and fired 1,300 workers, while food maker Sadia SA delayed plans to build a 700 million-real (US$ 294-million) facility in Santa Catarina state [/quote]

    Presuming the overall situation worldwide continues deteriorating (which unfortunately seem more likely every day) and in light of the À¢€œno growthÀ¢€Â forecasts for Brazil in the near future, as soon as massive waves of lay-offs eventually strike Brazilian workers at full steam, it may prove significantly tougher for so detestable a character, with no-breeding, competence, and qualifications, to secure the unprecedented À¢€œallegedÀ¢€Â high approval ratings outlined in the above editorialÀ¢€¦

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