RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Except for Justice Minister Sérgio Moro and Paulo Guedes, Minister of Economy, Jair Bolsonaro’s government ministers remain scarcely known by Datafolha’s respondents.
The former judge is recognized by 94 percent, and Guedes by 77 percent of the people surveyed.
Approximately two-thirds are unaware of Abraham Weintraub, the minister who took over the Education portfolio in April and who is only known by 31 percent of respondents.
Even after the disclosure of dialogues assigned to the then judge and Lava Jato prosecutor, Moro enjoys the highest approval, with 52 percent rating him as good or excellent.
The number of those who find his performance to be average and those who disapprove of his work in the Ministry of Justice is 20 percent.
The survey was conducted on July 4th and 5th and interviewed 2,860 people over the age of 16 in 130 cities. The margin of error is two percentage points up or down.
Three months ago, 93 percent knew about Moro. His approval rate was 59 percent, while 17 percent considered his performance to be average and 15 percent found it bad or terrible.
Paulo Guedes scored an excellent or good assessment by 31 percent of respondents, an average rating by 24 percent and bad or terrible performance by 16 percent.
Comparing the survey conducted three months ago, when 74 percent of respondents reported knowing him, his approval rate was 30 percent of the total number of respondents.
Those who then considered his performance to be average were 28 percent, and 12 percent disapproved him.
Damares Alves, Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights, is the one closest to the two leaders, with 54 percent recognition by respondents.
Her performance is rated by 22 percent as good or excellent, 14 percent as average and by 15 percent as bad or terrible.
The minister’s recognition, however, fluctuated slightly downwards within the margin of error. In April, 57 percent said they knew Damares. At the time, 25 percent of those interviewed approved of her work, 14 percent considered it average, and 15 percent disapproved of her performance.
Following these three, all ministers mentioned by Datafolha are unknown to over half the people interviewed.
Onyx Lorenzoni, the presidential Chief of Staff, who has just lost the task of political coordination with Congress, is known by 47 percent of respondents.
In the April survey, Onyx was known by 46 percent of respondents. Three months ago he was approved by 18 percent, 16 percent considered his work to be average, and eight percent regarded it as bad or terrible.
Only 37 percent of those interviewed know that Ernesto Araújo is the Foreign Minister, and 15 percent approve of him, 11 percent regard his performance as average, and six percent disapprove of him.
In April he was known by 35 percent of respondents, approved by 13 percent, 12 percent considered his performance to be average, and seven percent rated it as bad or terrible.
Environment Minister Ricardo Salles and Education Minister Abraham Weintraub were included for the first time in the latest Datafolha survey.
Salles is known by 42 percent of respondents and approved by 14 percent. Another 15 percent consider him as average and nine percent disapprove of his work.
Among those surveyed, only 31 percent know that Weintraub is in charge of Education. His performance is approved by nine percent, considered as average by another nine percent and bad or terrible by 11 percent.