A public opinion poll, released over the weekend by the Datafolha organization, showed a sharp decline in confidence in Brazilian President Michel Temer. The poll showed only 10 percent of voting-age Brazilians saying the administration was “good or very good,” down from 13 percent in a similar poll in July. In July, 42 percent called the Temer administration’s performance “fair.” That figure declined to 34 percent in December. In July, 31 percent said the administration was “poor or very poor.” That figure shot up to 51 percent in December, according to the poll. The poll showed declining confidence in the administration’s ability to manage the economy. Brazil continues in recession after two years. The poll also showed increasing concerns over corruption in the government. Temer became president earlier this year following the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, whose administration was marked by corruption and mismanagement of the economy. Temer will face further tests of his popularity in the coming weeks as testimony unfolds from executives at Odebrecht, a major building contractor. The testimony is likely to focus on possible illegal campaign contributions to Temer’s political party.
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