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Majority of Brazilians support impeaching Bolsonaro, poll shows

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, June 29, 2021. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - For the first time, a majority of Brazilians support impeaching President Jair Bolsonaro, according to a poll released on Saturday, as serious graft allegations related to vaccine procurement hit the right-wing leader's already battered image.

According to the survey by Datafolha, 54% of Brazilians support a proposed move by the country's lower house to open impeachment proceedings against Bolsonaro, while 42% oppose it. In the last Datafolha survey on the issue, released in May, supporters and opponents of impeachment were essentially tied.

In a separate Datafolha poll, released on Thursday, 51% of Brazilians said they disapproved https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/brazils-bolsonaro-disapproval-rating-rises-all-time-high-poll-2021-07-08 of Bolsonaro, the highest figure since he took office in January 2019.

In recent weeks, Brasilia has been rocked by allegations https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/bolsonaro-fires-brazil-health-official-after-new-vaccine-graft-accusation-2021-06-30 that federal officials solicited bribes to fast-track and overpay for the Covaxin vaccine developed by India's Bharat Biotech. In late June, Brazil's Health Ministry suspended https://www.reuters.com/world/india/brazil-suspend-indian-vaccine-deal-graft-allegations-probed-2021-06-29 the 1.6 billion-real ($304 million) procurement deal.

A Health Ministry official and a congressman https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/brazil-official-says-he-warned-bolsonaro-over-pressure-buy-bharat-vaccine-2021-06-23 have said they shared their concerns about the Covaxin deal with Bolsonaro, but that no action appeared to have been taken. Last week, a Supreme Court judge authorized an investigation https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/brazil-top-court-gives-nod-probe-into-bolsonaro-over-vaccine-deal-2021-07-03 into the president for dereliction of duty.

In a radio interview on Saturday, Bolsonaro said he had taken measures after the officials shared their concerns about the Covaxin deal, but he did not elaborate further.

"I meet with 100 people per month about the most varied topics imaginable," he told Radio Gaucha in southern Brazil. "I took measures in this case."

In addition to the vaccine scandal, uncovered amid an ongoing Senate investigation, a pair of deadly coronavirus waves this year have chipped away at the popularity of the former army captain https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/brazilians-protest-president-bolsonaros-response-pandemic-2021-06-19, who has consistently downplayed the pandemic's severity and sown doubts about the safety of vaccines.

Datafolha surveyed 2,074 Brazilians face-to-face on July 7 and 8. The poll has a margin of error of 2 percentage points, meaning results could vary by that much either way.

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Majority of Brazilians support impeaching Bolsonaro, poll shows
 

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Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Jul 11, 2021 4:38AM ET
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2 things.1st- nobody believes polls anymore2nd- anything that reuters reference is biased and twisted
Jose Almeida
Jose Almeida Jul 11, 2021 1:10AM ET
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Datafolha is a totally biased survey institute. Not reliable at all.
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milena villa escobar Jul 10, 2021 11:00PM ET
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This site will take down your post if they don't like it even after it's posted
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norm dean Jul 10, 2021 8:56PM ET
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The approval rating of MSM is under 30%...a super-majority support impeaching propaganda-spewing outlets like Reuters. More Americans think something is false after reading a report about it on MSM than before they read it...that is how terrible the media has become.
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norm dean Jul 10, 2021 8:53PM ET
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The approval rating of MSM is under 30%...a super-majority support impeaching propaganda-spewing outlets like Reuters.
Jose Maderno
Jose Maderno Jul 10, 2021 8:32PM ET
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Propaganda spewing Reuters.  They just can't handle folks who can actually think running countries.  Sort of like that Communist Installation Alliance out of Langley.
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I guess the fix is in just like Biden
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says fascist, socialist, wokist Reuters… lmfao
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Another RW joker leading his country with bias and opinions instead of facts and evidence.
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