Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro walked into office with seemingly invulnerable approval ratings. His re-election in 2022 seemed all but guaranteed, no matter what he did or said. This was true in the some of the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil, even as the world watched the pandemic devastate Brazil at one of the highest rates of any country. Throughout the late months of 2020, Bolsonaro’s popularity stayed at an all-time high. But seemingly overnight, Bolsonaro’s popularity is at the lowest it has ever been. The combination of economic uncertainty, a climbing death toll, and new revelations about government instability have led some experts to question whether Bolsonaro will bring Brazil to the verge of collapse, especially if he is elected to another term. I have written more on this subject here.
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