Bolsonaro's support falls to lowest level since he took office

Lula, who has returned to the political arena, would win with 55 %
AP/ENRALDO PERES  -   El presidente de Brasil, Jair Bolsonaro

AP/ENRALDO PERES  -   El presidente de Brasil, Jair Bolsonaro

Support for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's government fell six percentage points to 24%, the lowest level since he took office on January 1, 2019, according to a poll released Wednesday night.

Support went from 30 percent last March to 24 percent now, according to the Datafolha poll, which interviewed 2,071 people between May 11 and 12 and has a margin of error of two percentage points.

The popularity of Brazil's far-right leader has been falling in recent months, having reached a record 37% in December 2020, which is thirteen percentage points higher than his current approval rating.

The disapproval rate, in turn, rose by one percentage point, from 44% in March to 45%.

AFP/SERGIO LIMA  -   El expresidente de Brasil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
AFP/SERGIO LIMA  -    The former President of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Datafolha also revealed the day before that Bolsonaro would lose the 2022 presidential elections to former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, his main rival and who regained his political rights just over two months ago.

According to the poll, Lula (2003-2010), who has returned to the political arena, would win with 55% of the vote against 32% for the army reserve captain, one of the most denialist leaders on the seriousness of the pandemic.

The Workers' Party leader has shown signs of a possible candidacy for next year's elections after Supreme Court judge Edson Fachin annulled four trials against Lula in Curitiba courts due to a conflict of jurisdiction and decided that the cases should be restarted in other courts.

The decision overturned the nearly 26-year prison sentences against Lula, who spent 580 days in prison after being convicted of corruption.