President Temer and Brazil’s Political Dysfunction

President Michel Temer has earned the dubious honor of becoming the most unpopular president in Brazilian history. In a recent poll, his approval rating stood at 3%, which is the lowest for any president since the beginning of modern polling. Worries about the economy and anger over his role in corruption scandals stand out as the main reasons for his remarkably low numbers, though he also insists on pursuing an extremely unpopular “neoliberal” economic policy initiative of privatization and social spending cuts. Yet, counterintuitively, Temer appears secure in his hold on the presidency (at least for now). Pundits scrutinized this seeming paradox, while offering thoughts on the broader Latin American context.

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