Majority of Brazilians Think Violence and Poverty Are Getting Worse

The 80th CNT/Sensus poll reports that 78.8% of the 2,000 people it interviewed in February said that violence is on the rise in Brazil. That is slightly less than the 82.7% who said the same thing in the 79th poll in November 2005.

At the other end of the spectrum, 6.9% in the February poll said violence had diminished, compared to 4.3% in the November poll.

The poll also asked about the interviewee’s perception of poverty in Brazil: 57.1% said it was getting worse, 14.1% said it was improving. As for healthcare, 39.9% said it was better, and 25.8% said it was getting worse.

With regard to education, 37.7% said it was getting better, and 26% said it was worse.

As for the general Satisfaction Index, it rose 1.65 points from 50.05 in November 2005, to 51.7 in February. There were also increases in the other Satisfaction Indexes: satisfaction with the country went from 57 to 59.25; with the state was up from 64 to 64.75; with personal economic situation up from 37 to 40; and social situation up from 31 to 34.50.

The Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva administration got a positive vote from 37.5% of those interviewed, while 21.4% said they had negative feelings about it.

People were pretty evenly divided about the government’s performance: 48.1% of those interviewed said the measures the government was implanting to resolve the country’s problems were inefficient; and 38.1% said they efficient. And 42.4% said government economic policy was adequate; while 44.5% said it was not adequate.

Agência Brasil

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