Brazil poll shows strong support for president's impeachment

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jumada II 11, 1437, March 20, 2016, SPA — A new poll published Sunday suggested strong support for the impeachment of embattled Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in a politically polarized country mired in an economic recession and a corruption probe that has ensnared much of the county’s political brass, according to AP.

The poll by the respected Datafolha agency, published in the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, said 68 percent of people surveyed want to see lawmakers vote to impeach Rousseff. That’s up 8 percentage points since February, with the jump was highest among the rich, who supported Rousseff’s impeachment by 74 percent.

Just 10 percent rated Rousseff’s agoverment good or excellent, with 69 percent calling it bad or terrible.

The ratings of her predecessor, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, were also down, possibly dented by controversy over his appointment as Rousseff’s chief of staff, a move critics said was a bid to shield him from corruption allegations.

Fifty-seven percent said they disapprove of him, a dramatic drop from the near-90 percent approval rating he had when leaving office in 2010.

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