Brazil’s summer of discontent

By Arlene Getz
June 5, 2014

With just days to go before the World Cup kicks off on June 12, Brazilians are not a very happy bunch.

According to a Pew Research Center survey, 67 percent of the country’s citizens think that the country’s economic situation is bad and 72 percent are displeased with the way things are going in the country. More than 60 percent were also dissatisfied with the upcoming soccer event, complaining that it took funds away from public services. Some 34 percent thought it was good because it created jobs.

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That is not good news for left-leaning President Dilma Rousseff, who faces re-election in October. In a rare interview  with reporters this week, Rousseff—who has already faced a year of public protests and concerns about rising prices—said “you can’t explain why” Brazil’s economy wasn’t growing faster. “There seems to be an ill mood toward Brazil today,” she said. In spite of the country’s mood, polls still show Rousseff ahead of her two main rivals in the race.

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