Public support, already fragile, continued to decline in March for Brazilian President Michel Temer, according to a Public Opinion Research Institute (Ibope) poll released Friday. The poll was commissioned by the National Confederation of Industry (CNI). The poll showed those calling the Temer administration “good or very good” dwindling to just 10% from 13% in a similar poll in December. Those characterizing the administration as “poor or very poor” rose to 55% from 46% in December. Respondents saying the administration was “fair” totaled 31% in March, down from 35% in December. Support for the administration has been undermined by a series of unpopular economic reforms proposed by the president. These include more flexible labor laws and a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s bankrupt retirement system. The labor law changes are vehemently opposed by unions while many Brazilians fear the pension system changes that will postpone the retirement age for many. Support for Temer is also suffering because of a two-year economic recession and allegations of corruption against major political figures in Brasília, including some cabinet members.
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