Sunday, June 12, 2011

Brazil .- Rousseff support increases despite the crisis in his Cabinet

RIO DE JANEIRO, 12 June (Reuters) - The popularity of Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, rose to 49 percent in June, suggesting that it has withstood the first major crisis of his government, as emerges from a survey of the firm Datafolha posted Saturday on the website of the newspaper "Folha de Sao Paulo." In a consultation conducted in March, Rousseff had obtained a 47 percent approval.

The survey was conducted between 9 and 10 June, after the influential chief of staff Rousseff, Antonio Palocci, resigned amid suspicions by his inordinate enrichment. The survey was conducted among 2,188 people across Brazil, with a margin of error of 2 percentage points. Palocci, an advocate of fiscal discipline and inflation fighting, denied any wrongdoing, but decided to abandon the view that the scandal was damaging the government.

The newspaper did not provide full details of the survey, which will be published in full on Sunday. However, he pointed out that the survey showed that Rousseff personal image had been affected by the scandal and there was a deterioration in expectations about the economy, especially inflation.

At an annual rate of 6.5 percent, inflation has exceeded the official target ceiling.

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