EspañolA survey released on Tuesday by the Pew Research Center, just days before the World Cup, shows that Brazilians are not optimistic about what the soccer tournament means for their country’s future.
Six out of ten respondents to the poll believe that hosting the tournament is “bad” for the country, and think the money should have instead been spent in education, health care, and other public services. Only 34 percent believe that the event will create jobs and boost the economy. When asked about the economy generally, only 32 percent said they think it’s in good shape.
In addition, 72 percent of the people surveyed say they are dissatisfied with the direction the country has taken under Dilma Rousseff’s administration, while last year they totaled just 55 percent.
A key year for Brazil, 2014 not only brings the World Cup, but a new president in the October elections.
Pew Research experts found there is “widespread frustration” just five months before the general elections. Among the most pressing concerns for Brazilians are the rising prices, crime, health care, politics, corruption, lack of jobs, and wealth inequality.