Rousseff maintains popularity despite stalled Brazil economy

Reuters, 12/14/2012

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff remains highly popular despite a stalled economy and political scandals that have tarnished the reputation of her ruling Workers’ Party, an opinion poll published on Friday showed.

Rousseff’s personal approval rating rose slightly to 78 percent from 77 percent three months ago, according to the CNI/Ibope poll. Approval of her left-of-centergovernment was unchanged at 62 percent, the poll showed.

The once-booming Brazilian economy almost ground to halt in her first year as president in 2011 and recovery has been disappointing this year, despite a barrage of tax breaks and other incentives adopted by Rousseff’s economic team.

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