RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - According to the Ipsos "Cultural Wars" survey, political polarization in Brazil even surpasses differences between social classes and religions regarding "social tensions." Eight out of ten Brazilians say they believe there are major tensions between people who defend different party banners.
This percentage exceeds the global average of 28 countries, making political polarization the main source of tension perceived by Brazilians themselves. In other words, there is more arguing about party politics than about any other issue. There are numerous examples of these tensions and political violence, ranging from family disputes to extreme cases, such as . . .