June 11, 2021
Rio de Janeiro (Reuters) – Almost two-thirds of Brazilians oppose the country hosting the upcoming Copa American football tournament.
The South American Football Federation unexpectedly relocated the tournament, which opens on Sunday, last week with the support of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
Brazil stepped up after co-sponsor Colombia was dropped due to public unrest and Argentina withdrew after a surge in coronavirus infection.
Bolsonaro downplayed the seriousness of the pandemic and fought the blockade to control the outbreak that killed more than 480,000 Brazilians. Public health experts, Supreme Court judges, and soccer players questioned the wisdom of hosting tournaments in a pandemic rage, but prominent sponsors withdrew.
According to the XP / Ipespe poll, 64% of respondents opposed hosting the cup and 29% agreed. Among Bolsonaro’s critics, 83% opposed the tournament in Brazil, and 35% of his supporters did not support the competition.
Opinion polls show that left-wing former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is stepping up his leadership over Bolsonaro ahead of next year’s elections. Neither man has announced his candidacy, but the 2022 election is widely expected to be a break between two polarized people.
In the first round of voting, Lula saw his share rise to 32 percent, up 3 percentage points from the May vote. Bolsonaro’s first round of support fell one point to 28%. In the simulated second round match, Lula’s support increased from 42% in the previous survey to 45%, while Bolsonaro’s support decreased from 40% to 36%.
The poll was based on 1,000 interviews conducted from June 7th to 10th, with an error of 3.2 percentage points.
(Report by Gabriel Stargardter, additional report by Jamie McGeever, edited by Brad Haynes and Nick Macfie)
Almost two-thirds of Brazilians oppose hosting the Copa America in a pandemic – polls
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