82% of Brasilians reject Bolsonaro’s Amazon mining plan

Recent poll shows Bolsonaro government’s popularity continues to slide as scandals and unpopular policy measures damage credibility

São Paulo – According to a recent poll conducted by Atlas Politico most Brazilians strongly disapprove key policy decisions of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro such as his plan to authorize gold mining in national parks and Indigenous reservations in the Amazon rainforest.

82% of respondents oppose Bolsonaro’s promise to grant gold mining contracts for companies to operate in protected rainforest. 63% of those surveyed reject Bolsonaro’s appointment of his son, Eduardo, as US Ambassador. Other findings include:

Bolsonaro’s approval rating has fallen below his disapproval rating. The percentage of people who think the Bolsonaro government is “bad” or “terrible” has risen from 22.5% to 39.3% since February. The percentage who think the government is “good” or “great” fell from 39.7% to 31% during the same period.

Following the Intercept leaks which show criminal collusion between former Lava Jato judge Sérgio Moro, public prosecutors and at least 2 Supreme Court Justices, the percentage of Brazilians who view him negatively has climbed from 29.6% to 40.8%. Tho percentage of people who view him favorably has fallen from 61.5% to 51.4%.

Support for former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s imprisonment fell from 57.4% to 51.7%.

4 out of 5 surveyed said they knew about the leaked conversations between judge Moro and Lava Jato investigation prosecutors. 41.8% believe the leaks are authentic, while 32.7% of the population doubts them. 55% of Brazilians surveyed condemn Moro’s relationship with the Lava Jato prosecutors, while 31.2% think it was correct.

47.8% of those surveyed support the right of Intercept journalist Glenn Greenwald to stay in Brazil while 29.7% believe he should be deported.

The survey was conducted on July 28th and 29th, with a representative sample group of 2000 and has a +-2% margin of error.


By Brian Mier

Writer, geographer and former development professional who has lived in Brazil for 26 years. Former directorate member of the Fórum Nacional de Reforma Urbana (National Urban Reform Forum). Has lived in São Luis, Recife, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Author of “Os Megaeventos Esportivos na Cidade do Rio de Janeiro e o Direito á Cidade” (CEPR: Porto Alegre. 2016). Editor of "Voices of the Brazilian Left" (Sumare: São Paulo. 2018). Editor of "Year of Lead: Washington, Wall Street and the New Imperialism in Brazil" ((Sumare: São Paulo. 2019) Irregular correspondent for the Chicago radio show This is Hell.