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Half of Brazilians want interim President Michel Temer in power: Poll

Around 9 per cent of the population declined to answer during the survey poll
Michel Temer, Brazil President, Brazil Interim President

A new poll showed half of the Brazilian populations expect interim President Michel Temer to continue serving,  nearly a third of them want suspended President Dilma Rousseff to return.

On May 12, Rousseff was suspended when the Senate voted to put her on trial. The suspended President was replaced by Temer, her former deputy, Xinhua news agency reported.

The poll was published in the regional daily Folha de Sao Paulo on Sunday. The survey carried out by polling firm Datafolha, showed that another 4 per cent were against both leaders and 3 per cent favored holding new elections.

The poll said some 9 per cent declined to answer.

According to the report, the survey also asked respondents to rate Temer’s first two months in office, which 14 per cent considered “good”, 42 per cent described as “so so”, and 31 per cent rated as “bad”, with 13 per cent declining to comment.

2,792 registered voters in 171 cities were interviewed on Thursday and Friday, and has a two-point margin of error.

The poll dealt a major blow to Rousseff, who is expected to attend a full impeachment trial in the Senate in August and is hoping to be absolved of charges that she helped conceal a growing budget deficit.

If two-thirds of the Senate finds her guilty, Rousseff will be stripped of the presidency, leaving Temer to see through her term until January 1, 2019.

The results, however, are a stunning achievement for Temer.

Less than one and half month ago, a poll conducted by a different firm found that less than 12 per cent of Brazilians approved of the interim government led by Temer.

On June 27, a survey showed that 70 per cent of Brazilians disapproved of the acting president.

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