Brazil’s President Rousseff faces record low approval ratings

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Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff’s approval ratings have sunk to a record low while mass rallies are calling for her impeachment. Much of this is tied to the corruption scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras. 

CCTV America’s Lucrecia Franco filed this report from Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil's President Rousseff faces record low approval ratings

Brazil's President Rousseff faces record low approval ratings

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff's approval ratings have sunk to a record low while mass rallies are calling for her impeachment. Much of this is tied to the corruption scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras. CCTV America's Lucrecia Franco filed this report from Rio de Janeiro.

Highlights:

  • Protests  calling for President Rousseff’s impeachment were in part sparked by a shrinking economy and a multi-billion dollar corruption scandal at state-run oil giant, Petrobras.
  • Rousseff chaired Petrobas for seven years. Rousseff has not been directly implicated in the scandal.
  • Approval ratings for Rousseff have plunged to 13 percent, the lowest a Brazilian president has seen in more than 20 years. The president responded with an anti-corruption package.
  • Rousseff’s anti-graft plan aims to fight the channeling of bribes from contractors to politicians, most from the governing coalition.
  • The plan includes measures to criminalize slush funds used to pay for election campaigns and to seize assets of people found guilty of corruption.
  • The Datafolha poll showed a full 62 percent of Brazilians rate Rousseff’s presidency as “bad” or “terrible.”
  • More massive protests are being planned for next month as the Petrobras probe digs up more evidence of institutional corruption.
  • Nearly 50 politicians are under investigation in the Petrobras scandal.