Brazil: Presidential approval declines

March 22, 2005 at 5:08 PM

BRASILIA, Brazil, March 22 (UPI) -- Approval for the administration of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has fallen four percentage points since November, a new poll shows.

According to the survey conducted by the Ibope Polling firm and released Tuesday, approval for the Lula administration fell from 62 percent in November 2004 to 58 percent this month.

The survey was conducted March 11-14. polling 2,200 Brazilians in 143 municipalities.

Approval of the president fell from 63 percent to 60 percent during the period. At the same time, distrust in Lula increased from 33 percent to 34 percent.

More than half of Brazilians polled -- 52 percent -- said the Lula administration was better than that of his predecessor, President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, while 18 percent said the current leader was worse than Cardoso.

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