Brazilians Upbeat About Their Country, Despite Its Problems
Brazilians are relatively upbeat about the state of their country, although they still see serious challenges, including illegal drugs, crime and political corruption. And Brazilians are confident about their country’s place in the world: most say Brazil already is or will eventually be one of the world’s leading powers.
Chapter 2. Ratings of Lula and Key Groups and Institutions
An overwhelming majority of Brazilians say President Lula and the national government are having a positive effect on the way things are going in their country. Moreover, the president’s signature social program, Bolsa Família, is well-regarded. An overwhelming majority of Brazilians say the initiative has been good for the country. Solid majorities also describe large […]
Chapter 3. Brazil and the World
Brazilians are confident and optimistic about their country’s role on the world stage. A large majority believe that Brazil is either already one of the world’s most powerful nations or that it will be eventually. And overwhelmingly, Brazilians think their country has a positive international image. Most Brazilians express confidence in the foreign policy skills […]
A Rising Tide Lifts Mood in the Developing World
A 47-nation survey finds that as economic growth has surged in much of Latin America, East Europe and Asia over the past five years, people are expressing greater satisfaction with their personal lives, family incomes and national conditions. The picture is different in most advanced nations, where growth has been less robust and citizen satisfaction has changed little since 2002.
Chapter 6. Latin America
Support for free markets is increasing across Latin America, including in some countries such as Venezuela and Brazil that are governed by left-leaning presidents. Clear majorities in five of the seven Latin American countries surveyed say that “most people are better off in a free market economy, even though some people are rich and some […]