Analysis: President Bolsonaro Faces Tough Challenge between Ideology, Pragmatism

Recent polls say Bolsonaro is roughly as popular as when he was elected. But his ratings have declined among richer and better-educated Brazilians while increasing among the poor, who have been receiving the government’s pandemic financial aid.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil’s pugnacious president, Jair Bolsonaro, survived 2020 in surprisingly good shape personally and politically, with buoyant popularity ratings despite his own bout of Covid-19 and a broader Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?