Brazil’s Rosy Economy Gives Lula Big Boost in Popularity

    Brazilian President Lula

    Brazilian President Lula Riding on Brazil's strong economy, which has helped boost wages and jobs, support for Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's administration jumped to 58%, its highest level since 2003, according to a public opinion poll released this Thursday, March 27.

    The March poll showed that 58% of Brazilians believe the Lula administration was doing a good or excellent job, up from 51% in December according to a survey by Ibope. It is the highest rating since the first Ibope poll of the Lula administration in March 2003, three months after taking office.

    The Ibope survey polled 2002 people between March 19 and 23 and has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

    "There's been a profound improvement in the feeling of the people," said Marco Antonio Guarita, director of the National Industry Confederation, which published the poll. "There's only one reason for that: the economy," Guarita said in a news conference.

    Survey respondents said Lula performed better in all eight areas of government, from employment and inflation to health and education. Even in public security, a big problem in Brazil, his ratings improved.

    The strong support for the Brazilian president may help candidates from his governing coalition in October's municipal elections, analysts said, although local politics usually have a greater influence in these local elections.

    Brazilian newspapers have charged that Lula da Silva's intense promotion of public works projects was intended to pave the way for a successor in the 2010 presidential elections. But most experts agree it will likely be two years before any politician emerges as viable presidential candidate.

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    • João da Silva

      The Guest
      [quote]However, on the rare occasion when we get to Dubai it is a treat if one is not on duty during the time in port.[/quote]

      I have talked to several people who have been to Dubai (all nationalities) and they confirm what you say. One of my friends said that it is the “Rotterdam” of the East. I bet you have been to Rotterdam also.

      I personally think that with our coast line of 5000 Miles, we could use the know-how of Dubai.I was involved in a project a few years ago on building our port infrastructure and one of my suggestions was to look into Dubai. But, the way things are run in this country, it would take decades before we come out with a long strategic plan!! I m sure Ricardo Amaral will agree with me!!!

    • The Guest

      João
      “May be you should invite our friend Forrest to join you there on a fact finding mission!! I hope you enjoy the spicy food and the “Falafel” while you are there.I am sure one of the ports of call is Dubai and if so, you may get to spend some quality time there too.”

      I am not sure Forrest will be able to do much fact finding over there. The pace of our activities is very rapid, not much down time for anything else. Our main port is Kuwait, others are added depending on the cargo. The cargo for other ports in that area are usually transshipped from there. However, on the rare occasion when we get to Dubai it is a treat if one is not on duty during the time in port.

    • João da Silva

      The Guest
      Hi,

      Thanks for the reply.

      [quote]Earlier today I read your answer to my post on the other article, but when I tried to post my response to yours it was not happening. I returned to the article a few minutes ago to try again, but all of the other posts on the article have disappeared and there is no place at the end of that article and a few others to write comments anymore.[/quote]

      Yes, I have been having difficulties too.If you access http://www.brazil.com, the comments section is gone and on top of the page you find a note that says “We are trying to fix our comments system. Thanks for your patience.” However, http://www.brazilmag.com does not seem to have problems.

      Glad that you enjoyed your stay in Rio. Now it is time for you to mingle with the “Natives” in the Middle East!. May be you should invite our friend Forrest to join you there on a fact finding mission!! I hope you enjoy the spicy food and the “Falafel” while you are there.I am sure one of the ports of call is Dubai and if so, you may get to spend some quality time there too.

      When you have an opportunity to blog in any of the ports, please do say hello to us.

      Bon Voyage and take care.

    • The Guest

      João
      Hi João
      Earlier today I read your answer to my post on the other article, but when I tried to post my response to yours it was not happening. I returned to the article a few minutes ago to try again, but all of the other posts on the article have disappeared and there is no place at the end of that article and a few others to write comments anymore.
      Anyway, I am aboard my ship in Jacksonville, Florida and will be here for at least one more day before going to Charleston, South Carolina then back to the Middle East.
      I was able to spend quality time with my family in Rio this time. We actually spent a week in the city (Copacabana and Leme) this time, something that I have not done in about 8 years. Usually I am in the city for one day while on my way into or on my way out of the country.

    • João da Silva

      [quote]5 yrs old vs a 14, 15 year old grocery clerk?[/quote]

      P.E.T has a very good point there. Hard to contest!

    • P.E.T.

      oh please
      5 yrs old vs a 14, 15 year old grocery clerk?

    • OH PLEASE

      explain why every country has similar stats using % of population
      I see it here in america everyday .Young kids of immigrant workers trying to survive by helping family. The other day i saw a fast paced supermarket with a 14yr old clerk.
      Go to rural areas in america young children get married at the age of 15 and must work. Young labor is cheap and yet provides a method to specialized an employee.

    • P.E.T.

      Hey Lula explain this:

      1.4 million children below 13 work in Brazil
      Rio De Janeiro | March 29, 2008 12:45:11 PM IST

      There were over 1.4 million illegal child labourers aged five to 13 in Brazil in 2006, the Brazilian Geography and Statistics Institute (IBGE) said in a study.

      A not so “rosy” picture

    • João da Silva

      Paulista
      [quote](who was our last PT representant… Erundina?)..[/quote]

      No, the last one was Dª.Marta who was the mayor between 2001 &2004. Is she not running for the post again this year?

    • Paulista


      “MAY help on national level, but not in the South! I wonder if Marta is going to “rule” the city of SP again”

      Impossible, paulistas have a higher IQ, so PTism won’t work here anymore (who was our last PT representant… Erundina?)… and PT born in São Bernardo…

    • João da Silva

      [quote]The strong support for the Brazilian president may help candidates from his governing coalition in October’s municipal elections, analysts said, although local politics usually have a greater influence in these local elections.[/quote]

      MAY help on national level, but not in the South! I wonder if Marta is going to “rule” the city of SP again 😉

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