- Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil, hit an all-time high approval rating in late September.
- 40% of Brazilians regard Bolsonaro as "good/excellent," the Brazilian Institute of Public Opinion and Statistics found.
- In comparison, he polled at 29% in December 2019, when Brazil did not have a single case of COVID-19.
- Bolsonaro has been criticized for underestimating the virus and his government is accused of covering up the real death toll.
- His popularity is attributed to an emergency scheme launched in April, subsidizing tens of millions with cash payments of up to $217 per month.
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President Jair Bolsonaro has never been more popular in Brazil, despite his country's woeful handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bolsonaro, who tested positive for the virus on July 7, has dismissed it as a "little flu"
Brazil passed five million COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and recorded its 150,000th death on Saturday. has
But 40% of Brazilians surveyed across 127 municipalities in September regarded Bolsonaro as "good/excellent," according to a study from the Brazilian Institute of Public Opinion and Statistics.
In comparison, he polled at 29% in December 2019, when Brazil did not have a single case of COVID-19.
His success, BIPOS said, can be largely attributed to a scheme launched in April which saw a monthly emergency aid payment of between $108 and $217 given to single mothers.
Sixty-seven million Brazilians receive the stipend,