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Brazil: Despite Crisis Lula’s Popularity Reaches Record High: 84%

Brazilian Lula laughing Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the president of Brazil, had a stunning 84% approval during January the highest since taking office in 2003 and the highest of any Brazilian president ever, according to the latest public opinion poll published this week in São Paulo.

Meanwhile his Chilean counterpart Michelle Bachelet is recovering from low records and now has a 53% support the second highest since December 2006 (54.3%).

In Brazil the poll was done by Sensus for the business organization National Transport Confederation (CNT) and included 2.000 interviews in 24 different states and 136 municipalities between January 26 and 30.

Lula's approval stands at 84%, disapproval at 12.2% which compares favorably with December's 80.3% and 15.2% respectively.

It's by far the highest support of the trade union leader turned president since taking office in January 2003 when he peaked 83.6%. The pollster was also Sensus.

On the other hand the Brazilian government performance received a positive approval of 72.5% and negative of 5.5%, compared to December's 71.1% and 6.4%.

"In spite of the economic crisis and growing unemployment, the popularity of Lula continues to grow, to a historic record, in the assessment of the government and his personal performance" said Clésio Andrade, CNT president.

For an overwhelming majority of Brazilians Lula remains as the "anchor of hope" in spite of the persistent problems of crime, violence and now the economic recession, added Andrade.

Meantime in Chile Ms Bachelet performance approval reached 53.1% the highest since 2006, according to private pollster Adimark.

This represents a two percentage point increase over the 51.1% of December while the disapproval index dropped from 34.7% to 30% this month, also the lowest since December 2006.

Thus the Chilean president seems to have regained the level of approval she managed during the first months of her administration, particularly since last September, indicated as the month which signaled the "official" start of global recession and when her standing was 42%.

The public opinion poll shows that 46.3% of Chileans believe the President and the Executive have addressed the economic crisis in a "very good or good" way, while 40.6% feel the performance has been below average and 13.1% describe it as "bad or very bad."

The percentage approval is higher than last November (44.4%) when the Chilean government announced a support package of 1.15 billion US dollars anticipating the possible adverse effects of the global slowdown in Chile.

Last January 5 Ms Bachelet announced another 4 billion US dollars stimulus plan targeted to prop employment and growth.

The poll also showed that the Chilean government has a 43.4% approval and 41.3% disapproval, which signals a change from the negative edge prevalent until last September.

The ministers with the best performance rates are Foreign Affairs Alejandro Foxley (52.4%) and Finance minister Andres Velasco (46.1%).

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  • falupa

    Problem with Lula
    I do like that Lula has really built up the Brazilian economy, however I am slightly disappointed that he has not been able to focus on the lower class. Corruption is also very high in the Brasilian government. Everything is still a mess. Still not fully impressed.

  • Nuno

    Lula’s popularity
    As an external observeur currently living in Brazil, I have to say that Lula is both clever and lucky: he has always been capable of surrounding with very compotent staff (such as Manteiga and Meirelles); on the other hand, he was lucky to be president during Brazail’s best economic moment in the last decades. This is a powerful combination!! Populist as he may be, we have to give him the credit!

    We’ll have to see how Brazil’s economy will go during this global chrisis, I believe Lula has now understand that tough times are aproaching and will come up with some good policies to keep the economy in good shape. Some will be very populist, others will be smart…

  • AES

    In a recent poll more than 126% of the people polled supported Lula!
    Lula enjoys unprecedented support not only defying reason but mathematics as well. One survey showed him to be enjoying a 180% popularity. I remember when Sadaam Husein won the election by 100% of the vote in 2002.Wednesday, 16 October, 2002, 11:41 GMT 12:41 UK
    Saddam ‘wins 100% of vote’

    Voting day brought many public displays of patriotism

    Iraqi officials say President Saddam Hussein has won 100% backing in a referendum on whether he should rule for another seven years.
    There were 11,445,638 eligible voters – and every one of them voted for the president, according to Izzat Ibrahim, Vice-Chairman of Iraq’s Revolutionary Command Council.

    Not a very serious day, not a very serious vote and nobody places any credibility on it

    Ari Fleischer,
    White House spokesman
    The government insists the count was fair and accurate.

    Saddam Hussein – who has ruled Iraq since 1979 – was the only candidate.

    Voters had been urged to show their support for the Iraqi leader in defiance of the demands for military action against him from the US and Britain.

    During polling, many voters trampled American flags and some signed their ballot-papers in their own blood in a display of loyalty to their leader.

    International disdain

    Before the vote, Washington dismissed the referendum as a farce after the last such vote gave the Iraqi leader 99.96% support.

    “Obviously it’s not a very serious day, not a very serious vote and nobody places any credibility on it,” White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said on Tuesday.

    Argument over the UN’s Iraq resolution has dragged on for weeks

    In London, the Foreign Office painted a stark picture of the “choice” facing the Iraqi voters:

    “You can’t have free elections when the electorate goes to the polls in the knowledge that they have only one candidate, that candidate routinely murders and tortures opponents of the regime and the penalty for slandering that sole candidate is to have one’s tongue cut out.”

    But Mr Ibrahim said Iraq’s elections should not be compared to elections in Europe or America.

    Iraq was in a situation comparable to the early history of Arab states, he said – in Iraq there is one destiny for the whole country.

    If the Americans did attack, Iraq had taken precautions to defeat them, Mr Ibrahim said.

    We’re going to fight them in every village and every house – even the shepherd will have a role in the battle, he said.

    Mr Ibrahim also accused Britain of deceiving Washington about Iraq. Britain knew Iraq very well, he said, and had misinformed the Americans.

    Atmosphere of celebration

    Tuesday’s 12-hour-long voting was technically a secret ballot but few people bothered with the curtained booths – if only because they feared a “no” vote could be traced back to them.

    Polling stations were bedecked with posters of Saddam, and biscuits and drinks were served as children performed patriotic songs

  • João da Silva

    asp
    [quote]we need your balance on religeous matters and leftist rightest dynamics… [/quote]

    Right. I don’t know if you have read the article by Augusto Zimmermann in:

    [url]https://www.brazzil.com/component/content/article/200-january-2009/10158-brazilian-populism-good-for-politicians-bad-for-the-poor.html[/url]

    It is an extremely interesting article and both Ch.C and I have made some comments.It explains a lot about the behavior of your downstairs neighbor!!

  • João da Silva

    asp
    [quote]c’mon , augustus, dont check out now…..[/quote]

    I fully second your motion. 😀

    Ch.c: Please stop behaving like Emperor Bokassa of Central African Republic. (Is he still alive?) 😉

  • The cure for Ch C

    the usual…blah, blah, blah
    As usual, you miss the point O Jackass…my main point being, that there are much more important issues than the percentage of paved roads. Of course I can see the benefit of a paved highway which is why I mentioned BR 101. Still, as I said, I don’t think it is crucial to have paved roads in the Amazon, etc.

    The thing you COMPLETELY missed as usual (because you are truly blind to anything but the negative) is that good things are happening in Brazil whether you like it or not. You point out an example of something not being done and I simply point out things that ARE being done.

    But because I can see the positives, I’m just a Junkie or Idiot 😀

  • Double-Dot

    [quote]The majority of the country is jungle and country…why would you need paved roads? Seems pretty irrelevent to me. [/quote]

    You have a point there,old chap. Why would the natives need paved roads in the jungles when they have alternative means of transport?

  • asp

    c’mon , augustus, dont check out now…..
    we need your balance on religeous matters and leftist rightest dynamics…

    who cares about octdung or actung or sprekin de dois…

  • ch.c.

    ‘%5 paved road statistic’. Why is this so important?
    Just look at the trafic jams all over the country !
    Just look at the BR 163 the major road to bring grains from Mato Grosso to ports….and the additional costs compared to a paved road, the speed at a paved road or not paved.

    Why dont you talk to a truck driver and/or a farmer aand /or a goods producer, any entrepreneur for the importance of having
    PAVED ROADS instead of NON PAVED ROADS ?????

    I bet you are not an entrepreneur and certainly not a truck owner. Because to them it costs a fortune in money and time, in added trucks maintenance, fuel consumption, and time efficiency. Who is the further penalized ? The farmer who will get paid less….due to higher transportation costs. Who else is penalized ? The consumer having to pay higher prices, exporters having to also reduce their profit margin.

    But idiots like you…cant see all this !
    You just proved it.

    When there is a paved road….there is higher activity, faster activity…as you stated for BR 101, but still cant see the benefit of it !
    Goats dont care….for sure ! And your brains are more developed than goats.
    You proved it….once more !

    It is rather funny as I effectively stated more than once, is that many many many poorer countries than Brazil have a higher percentage of paved roads.
    Look at these countries more closely, and nearly of them have a higher GDP growth rate than Brazil, especially when measured in any 5 years time frame of YOUR choice !
    But goats like you still dont see the benefit of paved roads.

    Just re-read your own comments, analyze them once more, and see the benefits of the BR 101 being finally paved…just as you stated !

    Idiots will remain idiots—–FOR LIFE ! You just guaranteed it.

  • The cure for Ch C

    infastructure improvements in the NorthEast
    Ahhh…yah.

    Having lived off and on in Joao Pessoa for several years, I can say from a first person perspective that there have been MAJOR improvements in roads, housing for the poor etc.

    BR 101 has had a second lane added all the way from Recife to JP as well as the old lane repaved. Within the city itself, construction is booming at a rate i’ve never seen anywhere else, including housing for the poor, newly paved city streets, stores, apartments.

    So as much as CH C would have you believe everything is terrible in Brazil, its just not true.

    Also, this is about the 10th time he has brought up the ‘%5 paved road statistic’. Why is this so important? The majority of the country is jungle and country…why would you need paved roads? Seems pretty irrelevent to me.

    But we all know how he likes gathering every little negative statistic he can…so smart is the great CH C!

    😀

  • Augustus

    ch-c – you should have been a School teacher – I think I’ve had enough… for a while
    AWARE as you were that I had already written many times ORDNUNG correctly, because I type quickly at various entries and do not REALLY bother or have the time to revise, you STILL have to conduct the PETTY act of MAKING SURE you correct me, as if you were deriving IMMENSE pleasure EACH and EVERY time YOU can possible find a fault in whatever I say, do, or write.
    Since I’m extremely sensitive, I really do not enjoy being ridicule for no good reason, at every possible opporitunity, I just cannot expose myself to this type of mistreatment.
    I suppose I must take another break from this place, because either you or Dnb, for totally different reasons, always get me to a certain point of irritability that I just lack the strength to deal with IT.
    Cheers

  • João da Silva

    Ch.C
    [quote]Are you getting paid now, to take Robbing Hook & el al defense ?
    Did you find a new job finally, certainly well paid, at the Brazil Disinformation & Propaganda Dept ????
    [/quote]

    Not willing to sell my soul nor personal integrity yet. DonÀ‚´t know how my attitude would be some years from now! BUT….BUT…. you are yet to understand my dry sense of humor.

    Never mind. Augustus Zimmermann has written a nice article in https://www.brazzil.com. (Not related to Lord Augustus though). Will blog there, provided there is no censorship. 😀

  • ch.c.

    shocked ?
    Was I shocked with Nuno comment ? Not sure at all ! laugh ! I did not refer to his statements.

    If you pay attention to my arguments, I criticized YOUR comments on MENOS MENOS “Within a short span of 0.6 decade, he has managed to bring peace, prosperity and a great economical growth to this country . 84% of the population approves of him. The other 16% is a bunch of disgruntled losers.”

    One cannot be pleased with his own performance…but only on a comparative basis with others !
    I explain :
    It is like someone saying Ohhhh I am great, now I can run 3 miles per hour…while earlier I needed 2 hours.
    Forgetting than his competitors…IN THE SAME LEAGUE (other emerging countries)….all run faster…some much faster !

    On that basis on COMPARISON…please refer to Brazil economic growth rate..as I stated in my counter arguments !
    And also to the GDP PPP comparison I made between Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela.
    If you applaude Brazil, then you cant deny the 2 others deserve LOUDER APPLAUSES !

    I also remind you that to “force” the results higher, Robbing Hook and his gang changed the METHODOLOGY in early 2007, that changed the economic growth rate not only FROM 2007 but also earliers years.
    Even more funny, if you pay attention to the difference made annually from previous OFFICIAL stats, Robbing Hook years has been
    mostly a beneficiary of that new methodology, and his predecessor years were…PENALIZED !!!!!

    I was even more suprised from you when you talked about HE managed to bring PEACE…when the army, let alone your police, cant even contain the crimes explosions in your country !

    You are strange Joao ! Very strange ! You criticize HIS Highness most of the time….and suddenly you applaude him on what you criticized THE MOST !

    Are you getting paid now, to take Robbing Hook & el al defense ?
    Did you find a new job finally, certainly well paid, at the Brazil Disinformation & Propaganda Dept ????

    😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 😮

  • João da Silva

    Ch.C
    [quote]MENOS MENOS JOAO ![/quote]

    I regretfully do not understand why you were shocked at the comments addresses to “Nuno”. He himself has stated clearly that he is “an external observeur currently living in Brazil” , meaning that he is a foreigner whose stay here is temporary . He is pleased with Lula,Meirelles, Mantega and other “competent” staff in the government. It implies that he is enjoying stay and all I wanted to do was to make him feel good about Brazil , Also I wanted to correct his statement informing him that Lula has been the President just for 0.6 decade, though likely to stay for [i]decades[/i]. 😉

    Anyway, what is the point in loading him with your statistics with the intention of changing his mind, knowing full well that he doesn’t have voting rights in Brazil? 😥

    The difference between CNT and you is that they know how to select their “Target Market” to conduct their opinion poll whereas you don’t know whom to direct your messages. 😉

    Haben sie Verstanden? 😉 😀 😉

  • ch.c.

    Nick
    Your ” Put better illumination in the tunnels connecting Gavea,Sao Conrado and Barra.” and then “This takes nearly zero capital “

    Are you so sure ?
    It even cost more for electricity…if more electricity is provided.
    Of course on top of the repair/capital investments costs.

    Have you ever seen Brazil….investing money for the long term ?
    Certainly not in education, healthcare, and infrastructure.
    The country has 5 % of paved roads. Much less than in many African countries.
    Brazilians enjoy hearing about their future with PROMISES…..never delivered.
    The pavement of BR 163 has been promised for over 30 years, including by Lula.
    PAVED IN 2009 ? OF COURSE NOT !

    Cant you see him on the picture laughing and thinking…..”what a bunch of idiots these Brazilians who elected me TWICE. I can tell them whatever I want and they swallow all my lies and promises” ?

  • ch.c.

    Lord Augustus
    Please re-read
    You wrote…. Ordung
    I said…. Ordnung….. in German

    Outside of this….I agree 10’000’000’000’000 % with you !

    😉 😀

  • Augustus

    ch-c – why not German? That’s the kind of “order” Brazil requires now!
    Warum nicht? Obwohl meine Deutsche kenntnisse sehr begrenzt ist, kann ich es nicht benutzen?
    Why not? Although my knowledge of German is limited, may I not use it?
    Especially in this case, when the type of ORDER which Brazil requires is the type which À¢€œgood old German valuesÀ¢€Â could provide, in order to clear the filth brought by the current Labor Administration!
    IÀ¢€™m sure that our À¢€œfriends in uniformÀ¢€Â could bring ORDNUG, and then we could have À¢€œAlles KlarÀ¢€Â (all clear / clean)

  • Nick

    Can you do this Lula?
    Put better illumination in the tunnels connecting Gavea,Sao Conrado and Barra. The lighting seems be be out of the 18th century and has been for decades. This takes nearly zero capital and would be so easy to do, improving safety for all motorists. Certainly does not take a genious to figure this one out.

  • ch.c.

    Lord Augustus “Without “Ordung” (ORDER)
    ORDNUNG…IN GERMAN !

    😉 😀

  • ch.c.

    MENOS MENOS JOAO !
    During the 0,6 decade you mentionned, Brazil had the LOWEST economic growth rate of
    – all Mercosur members
    – all BRIC members
    – nearly all South & Central America countries, including the CaraÀƒ¯beans countries
    – nearly all World Emerging Markets, including African countries

    Is this what you applaude…and rate as EXCELLENT, EXCEPTIONAL OR EXTRAORDINARY ?????

    Of course to change the numbers more favorably, he also had to change the methodology, if you recall !
    laughs…laughs….laughs….laughs

    And as to your “he has managed to bring peace”

    Funny……I dont know any other country ON EARTH, outside of Mexico, who needed more than once the army to fight the gangsters.
    Because of course the police forces were/are not sufficient…where Robbing Hook bring peace….as you said !
    Just look at your crime rate. One of the worst ON EARTH ! Is this what you call…PEACE ?

    Lets face it Joao, nearly ALL World emerging markets did better than Brazil with Robbing Hook reign !

    Lets face it Joao, the World had the best economic growth rate of the last 30 years….due to OVER LENDING by banks….mostly in developed nations ! That created a HUGE demand and the actual banking problems !

    Do you really believe that will be the SAME once more in the next UP cycle ?????
    With similar annual World economic growth rate ?

    Dont quote me badly. I am not bearish as you should know. But expecting a similar economic growth rate for several consecutive years ahead as the 2003-2007 period is somewhat….. silly !
    Stocks markets should have a new bull market. Economies will recover. But forget for a long long time the World having a 4-5 % annual economic growth rate for 3-5 consecutive years…in my view !
    Forget oil at above US$ 140.- for many many many years to come. May be Us$ 60.- with short term peaks at 80.-.
    Time will tell !

    Your comments and applauses for Robbing Hook surprise me.
    Because then you should even have more admiration AND APPLAUSES for the Bimbo next door in your South and the Clown next door in your North.
    Both did not only much better than Robbing Hook in economic growth rate, but both countries have also a higher GDP PPP per capita than in the Robbing Hook territory…..if you did not know…and until proven otherwise !

    😮 😮 😮 😮

  • João da Silva

    [quote]on the other hand, he was lucky to be president during Brazail’s best economic moment in the last decades.[/quote]

    Menos, Menos. He has not been the President for [i]decades[/i]. Within a short span of 0.6 decade, he has managed to bring peace, prosperity and a great economical growth to this country . 84% of the population approves of him. The other 16% is a bunch of disgruntled losers.

    [quote]We’ll have to see how Brazil’s economy will go during this global chrisis, I believe Lula has now understand that tough times are aproaching and will come up with some good policies to keep the economy in good shape.[/quote]

    He was always prepared for tough times and every single Brazilian is super confident that he will guide the nation during these turbulent times for [i]many[/i] decades to come. We standby to receive his further orders.

    As an “external observer” who is currently living in Brazil, you are a true witness to the “good policy” decisions made by him every day. Hope you enjoy your stay and benefit from the lessons learned here and implement them in your country when you get back there.

  • ch.c.

    OF COURSE…..Lord Augustus “the popularity of Lula continues to grow, to a historic record”
    Of course…when you give a 12 % pay rise to the minimum wages !
    And knowing these 12 % are good for all those earning UP TO 8 MINIMUM WAGES…OF COURSE.

    Probably 80-85 % of Brazilians are within these 8 minimum wages !

    😮

  • João da Silva

    Jon
    [quote]As soon as Lula meets Tom Cruise, his popularity will take a 4.756% hit. (4 out of 5 political scientists agree)
    [/quote]

    I am truly surprised at you ability and agility to keep track of important news. 😉 Even Ch.c would be proud of you. 😉

  • João da Silva

    Augustus
    [quote]In Brazil the poll was done by Sensus for the business organization National Transport Confederation (CNT)[/quote]

    Did you know that CNT was created by a Presidential decree in 1951 ?

  • jon

    As soon as Lula meets Tom Cruise, his popularity will take a 4.756% hit. (4 out of 5 political scientists agree)

    Bom Dia, Mr Cruise 😉 😉 😉

  • Augustus

    THE MOST DISAGREEABLE OF ALL PRESIDENTS – THE BRAZILIAN NATION NEEDS STRENGTH & ORDER!
    The contents of this sad editorial served to demonstrate, again the unfortunate level of “naÀƒ¯vetÀƒ© and – quite frankly – the inanity of the Brazilian masses, which behaves in similar fashion to its boorish counterpart in other Latin American countries.
    [quote]In spite of the economic crisis and growing unemployment, the popularity of Lula continues to grow, to a historic record, in the assessment of the government and his personal performance” said ClÀƒ©sio Andrade, CNT president.

    For an overwhelming majority of Brazilians Lula remains as the “anchor of hope” in spite of the persistent problems of crime, violence and now the economic recession, added Andrade. [/quote]
    In light of the lack the appropriate education, required qualification and necessary maturity to make important political choices, the lower classes of Latin America have not reached the same stage of development which occurred in Europe and North America during the Nineteenth Century; indeed the uneducated (ill-bred) millions (from Recife to Lima / from Niteroi to Caracas) will always fall prey to the inescapable manipulation of clever, totalitarian Populist leaders.

    Consequently, based on the latest information I have been exposed at Brazzil.com, my political persuasion has been turning increasingly more polarized towards the Right of the Political Spectrum as I grow convinced that Unfortunately, there is no place for a fully democratic system in a society of illiterate, ignorant individuals!

    Rather, in my modest view, what the Brazilian nation truly requires a very STRONG Political Regimen which (albeit possessing some democratic elements) would significantly restrict the malevolent deeds and intents from the Far Left thus avoiding the emergence of socialist criminals to lead the countryÀ¢€¦ Using the example of the surprising success of the current incumbent sitting at Palacio do Planalto: an incompetent clown who appeals to the masses merely because he is in a position to claim a certain notion of “brotherhood” with them, given his rather low birth and lack of education…

    Without “Ordung” (ORDER) there can be no “Fortschritt” (Progress)! These wonderful concepts, which unfortunately contradict the very Nature of Brazilian politics (particularly during the past five-sixe years) will never reflect the noble cause and objectives apparently intended by those to designed the nationÀ¢€™s Flag, unless the necessary action is taken: the implementation of a Political System capable of bringing true Order and Security to its people and thus, inevitably, also progressÀ¢€¦

    Only with a À¢€œStark und Gutartig RegierungÀ¢€Â (Strong but benign government) would systematically and readily dispel the FILTH brought forth by the hordes or Labor militants (influenced by the nefarious influence and manipulation of Venezuela) will the nation once again move forward in a clear ORDERLY pathway!

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