A public opinion poll released Wednesday showed Brazilian Acting President Michel Temer with a “positive” rating from voters as low as that earned by his impeached predecessor, Dilma Rousseff. The MDA poll, conducted for the National Transport Confederation (CNT), showed only 11.3 percent of voters nationwide rating Temer as “positive.” In the last MDA poll before Rousseff’s impeachment in May, the then chief executive earned a “positive” rating of 11.4 percent. But Rousseff’s “negative” rating was much higher than Temer’s, with 62.4 percent of voters rating her as “negative” and, in this week’s poll, only 28 percent giving Temer a similar evaluation. The reason, according to pollsters, is that Temer is still a largely unknown quanity to most Brazilians. The latest poll showed 30.5 percent of respondents with “no opinion” about the Acting President against only 1.0 percent for Rousseff in the previous MDA poll. MDA interviewed 2,002 voting-age Brazilians nationwide. It was the first major poll released since Temer took over as Acting President. Brazil’s Senate will decide in August whether to remove Rousseff permanently from office or re-instate her. She is accused of violating budget laws and interfering illegally in affairs of state-run banks.
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