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    Michel Temer's government has been embroiled in scandal since completing a parliamentary coup against Dilma Rousseff. | Photo: EFE

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Things are going from bad to worse for the unelected president.

Embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer's popularity is sinking as the approval rating of his scandal-plagued government drops in the midst of corruption allegations and a prolonged recession, a poll published on Friday showed.

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Pollster Ibope said the number of people who consider Temer's government "bad" or "terrible" rose to 46 percent from 39 percent in the previous survey carried out in early October, six weeks after he replaced impeached leftist head of state Dilma Rousseff.

The proportion of those who rate Temer's government as "great" or "good" slipped to 13 percent from 14 percent, according to the poll that surveyed 2,002 people between Dec. 1-4 and has a margin of error of two percentage points.

The poll comes on the heels of a controversial constitutional amendment approved by Brazil's Senate Tuesday that will freeze public spending for 20 years with major impacts on basic services including education, health care and housing.

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Promoted by the unelected Temer, the constitutional amendment known as PEC 55 passed by a margin of 53 to 16. The amendment will cap federal spending in line with inflation for the next two decades. While it has been touted as helping the South American country tackle its budget deficit, critics argue it marks one of the greatest attacks on constitutional rights in decades.

The vote Tuesday was widely expected to pass with ease after Senate head Renan Calheiros, a Temer ally, was allowed last week to keep his position in the name of driving forward economic reforms, despite a court injunction calling for his removal. The proposal was first approved by the Senate on Nov. 29, with 61 votes in favor and 14 against, after passing through the lower house of Congress with similar support.

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