RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - President Jair Bolsonaro has never been more popular in Brazil, despite his widely criticized handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bolsonaro, who tested positive for the virus on July 7, has dismissed it as a “little flu”. Brazil passed five million Covid-19 cases on Tuesday and recorded over 150,000 cumulative deaths on Saturday, October 10th.
But 40 percent of Brazilians surveyed across 127 municipalities in September regarded Bolsonaro as “good/excellent,” according to a study from the Brazilian Institute of Public Opinion and Statistics, IBOPE. In comparison, he polled only 29 percent positive in . . .