Over two-thirds of Brazilians negatively asses the coup government of Michel Temer, and 32 percent think he is even worse than expected, a new poll by Vox Populi revealed Tuesday.
Temer was already a widely unpopular politician in Brazil, but his first month as president and a series of unpopular measures, as well as a few scandals, have pushed his approval ratings even further south.
Thirty-four percent of those polled view the Temer government negatively, 33 percent view it as “regular,” and a mere 11 percent view it positively, the remainder did not know or did not respond.
Respondents strongly disagreed with Temer's decision to name an all-white and all-male Cabinet, with 63 percent saying it was either an error or a serious error.
A staggering 56 percent of people think social programs will suffer under Temer, a sharp increase since April.
Despite promising to keep social programs intact, Temer cut two of the flagship social programs implemented during the left-wing governments of Rousseff and her predecessor, Lula da Silva.
Fifty-four percent said cuts to the Minha Casa housing program were bad and would hurt a lot of people, while 48 percent said the same about the cuts to Bolsa Familia, which provides a direct subsidy to Brazil's poorest.
The poll also found 52 percent expected unemployment to rise, 55 percent expect labor rights to suffer.
Many of the lawmakers who voted in favor of an impeachment trial cited ongoing corruption scandals as the reason behind their support. However, 44 percent of respondents now believe the fight against corruption will be worse under Temer.
In a leaked conversation, Fabiano Silveira, who briefly served as Minister of Supervision, Transparency, and Control, is heard plotting with a prominent opposition figure to protect officials from a corruption investigation. Silveira was forced to resign as a result.
Poll Results Could Influence Impeachment Vote
The poll, commissioned by Brazil's largest trade union federation, is one of the few published since Brazil's Congress voted to temporarily remove President Dilma Rousseff from her post.
Media oulets regularly commissioned and published opinion polls before Rousseff's ouster to highlight her unpopularity, but have largely refrained from doing the same for the Temer administration.
Rousseff's supporters have accused private media outlets of helping facilitate the coup against the democratically elected government by drumming up opposition to Rousseff and the Workers Party.
The democratically elected Rousseff has not yet been permanently removed from her post, the Senate must still conduct a trial and then vote on her future. Temer's unpopularity could compel Senators to vote to return Rousseff to power.
Sixty-nine percent of respondents now think that the impeachment of Rousseff is not the solution the country needs, a figure that has been steadily rising.
Meanwhile, 67 percent agree with President Rousseff that there should be new elections this year.
The poll was conducted between June 7-9 and surveyed 2,000 people in 116 municipalities throughout Brazil.