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Popularity rating of Brazil president plummets

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm •  Published: July 16, 2013

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The personal popularity of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has suffered another hit after massive protests swept Brazil last month, according to a new poll released on Tuesday.

The National Transport Confederation poll showed Rousseff's approval rating plummeted from 73.7 percent in June to 49.3 percent in July.

The MDA polling institute conducted the survey for the group, which represents private transportation businesses. The poll questioned 2,002 people between July 7 and 10 and has a margin of error of 2.2 percentage points.

It is the second poll that shows a sharp drop in Rousseff's popularity since the protests began.

Last month, the Datafolha polling institute said 30 percent of respondents rated Rousseff's government as "great/good" compared to 57 percent who gave it that rating before the demonstrations began. Datafolha surveyed 4,717 people on June 27 and 28. Its poll had a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

The nationwide protests first targeted transportation fare increases but quickly expanded to a variety of causes including government corruption, high taxes, poor public services and the billions of dollars being spent for next year's World Cup soccer tournament and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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