For Brazilians, Vote Buying Scandal Is Just Politics as Usual, Shows Poll

    Most Brazilians associate the recent charges and investigations of federal government corruption with the image of the members of Congress and the Labor Party (PT), according to a poll conducted by the National Transportation Confederation (CNT), in partnership with the Sensus Institute.

    The results, announced today, show that 35.4% of the people surveyed link the alleged corruption to the Chamber of Deputies and 31.2%, to the PT. Only 12% see an association between the charges and President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.


    The 77th round of the CNT/Sensus poll included two thousand people in 195 municipalities between July 5 and 7. The margin of error is plus or minus 3%.


    Among those who were interviewed, 76% affirmed that they had heard about or were aware of the accusations involving alleged payments of monthly allowances, the so-called “big monthlies,” to members of the Congress.


    20.7% said they were unfamiliar with the matter. Among those who have accompanied the accusations, 67.1% consider the charges made by Federal Deputy Roberto Jefferson to be true, while 18.1% say they are a fabrication.


    45.7% of those who were polled believe that Lula was unaware of the purported monthly payments, while 33.6% think he knew about them.


    Regarding the President’s reaction after the charges became public, 47.8% think that Lula’s reaction has been adequate, while 31.9% do not.


    For 64.7% of the interviewees, payment of the alleged “big monthlies” represents a well-established practice, while 18.3% consider it a new twist.


    ABr – www.radiobras.gov.br

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