Brazilians undecided one year away from general elections
One year away from the crucial 2018 general elections, several public opinion polls show that never before has distrust on political parties and leaders been greater in Brazil than it is now. The latest poll, conducted by the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and published this Monday by the daily “O Globo,” reveals that almost two-thirds of voters say they will nullify their ballot or vote blank (29.3%) or pick a candidate who comes along without links to traditional politics (29.8%). Another 6.8% say they do not know what they will do in next year’s election.
Only 34.1% stated that they will vote for a candidate from one of the currently existing political parties, although half of them declared that their vote will go to a candidate regardless of his or her party.
A Datafolha poll released last week showed similar skepticism towards the political establishment. According to it, 89% support President Temer’s indictment requested by the Prosecutor General and 54% think the main opposition leader, Lula da Silva, should be imprisoned on the graft charges pending against him.
Another Datafolha poll from this weekend shows that support for the mayor of São Paulo has fallen dramatically. The mayor, João Doria, elected last year, has been seen by many as a potentially strong candidate for the presidency in 2018 since he positioned himself as a businessman from outside the political environment and traveled around the country as a presumed candidate. However, this survey shows few would vote for him if the elections were held today.
The good news is that the same polls reiterate that most Brazilians still believe in elections and the democratic process. The FGV survey reveals that 65% say that voting is better than protesting in the streets. Among the candidates that are said to have a chance of winning next year’s election, the one who has been expressing the most authoritarian and antidemocratic platform, former Army officer Jair Bolsonaro, has been getting around 15% of voters’ preferences.
It seems that although they do not yet know who they will pick for president, most Brazilians still prefer elections as a way to solve the country’s problems and they would rather vote for a candidate with moderate and centrist views than one with strongman tendencies.More Testimonials