If Dilma doesn’t have the public support what does she have?

Recent polls out of Sao Paulo show that only 30% vs. 51% in last survey intend to vote for President Dilma’s in the Oct 2014 elections which suddenly are looming. 

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Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff

That’s a major fall from grace and puts the Workers Party in a tight place going into a difficult period with protests building. The irony is that President Dilma who is a technocrat came to office with nothing more than this public blanket of support.

The cruel irony is that after 18months of unorthodox fiscal and monetary policy in Brazil (EWZ, quote) intended to keep her popularity high, it is all backfiring.  Dilma chose a path of increasing social support netting for the lower class Brazilian that has involved taking on corporate lobbies and legacy entitlements  for some of the biggest sectors of the economy. 

That in turn has made the Brazilian stock market a no-touch for most global investors, and a dangerous one for locals and dedicated emerging market investors.  Brazil is -51% in USD terms since April 2011. 

There are many reasons for this including a slower global economy where Brazil’s core commodity exports are down with China’s demand. In fact, there are arguments that so goes the commodity super-cycle so goes Brazil’s economy. 

It was easy to pave the streets in gold when iron ore prices were $180/ton and when agriculture and ethanol were booming etc. 

Let’s see how it goes for Dilma when she can’t give away the store to keep the masses happy and to transport the next 30 million people from poverty into lower middles class, which had been Lula’s and Dilma’s claims to fame.

It’s also what made Brazil the goto BRIC when people couldn’t get comfortable with China risk, Putinomics, and India’s perpetual transition to a true democracy.

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