51% of Brazilians rule out that the now former president Jair Bolsonaro is responsible for the coup attempt on January 8 promoted by his followers, according to a survey by the firm Ipec released this Sunday by the newspaper O Globo.
Despite the fact that a little more than half of Brazilians exempt the far-right leader from guilt, 22% consider that the former head of state must be tried and considered ineligible for his responsibility in the coup acts.
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The survey, which interviewed 2,000 people between March 2 and 6 in 128 different municipalities and has a margin of error of 2 percentage points, also showed that 19% of Brazilians, practically 1 in 5, consider that Bolsonaro He has to be imprisoned for his responsibility in the coup acts.
The far-right leader, who abandoned Brazil at the end of December, two days before the progressive Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva replaced him in the Presidency, he is accused of having encouraged the coup acts with his radical rhetoric.
On January 8th, thousands of radical Bolsonaro supporters, unaware of Lula’s victory in the presidential elections, stormed the offices of the Presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court in an attempt to force a coup against the leader of the leftist workers party (PT).
The Supreme Court included Bolsonaro on the list of those investigated for the coup acts for allegedly inciting his most radical followers to attack democratic institutions.
This is because the now former president, who lost the elections by less than two percentage points, repeatedly questioned the reliability of the Brazilian electoral system and the credibility of institutions such as the Supreme Court and the Electoral Tribunal.
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The day of the coup acts Bolsonaro was already in USA but he was slow to repudiate the assaults and compared them to other acts promoted by the left.
According to Ipec, the segment of the population that most exempts Bolsonaro from blame in the coup attempt is that of evangelicals, the majority among his voters and of whom 66% consider that the far-right leader had no responsibility.
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