‘‘None of Dilma’s proposals address the underlying problem that the economic policy of her government seems lost, it’s not effective,’’ said Alexandre Barros, with the Early Warning political risk group in Brasilia. ‘‘The economy isn’t growing and prices are rising. People can no longer consume as much as they want, creating anger and fear in the middle class.’’
A new poll from the respected Datafolha published Sunday in the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper backs that up. It shows that 38 percent of Brazilians think their spending power is on the decline, up from 25 percent a year ago. It also showed 44 percent think unemployment will rise, 13 percentage points higher than a year back.
The same poll found that 30 percent of respondents rated Rousseff’s government as ‘‘great/good,’’ a sharp fall from the 57 percent who gave it that rating three weeks ago before the demonstrations began.
Datafolha interviewed 4,717 people on June 27 and 28. The poll had a margin of error of 2 percentage points.
The U.S.-based political risk consulting firm Eurasia Group said in a Monday research note that the poll numbers mark ‘‘the end of a cycle of politics in which incumbents held absurdly high approval ratings, but it doesn’t mean Rousseff is politically dead.’’
For now, Brazilians largely seem to be digesting the upheaval seen and anger vented on the streets during the protests. They appear willing to give Rousseff the chance to respond, though the patience will not be long-lived.
‘‘I don’t think there is any consensus among the people of what all of this yet means,’’ said Marcia Shimabukoro, a 22-year-old university student in Sao Paulo. ‘‘Before, we all felt alone and unable to provoke change. Now, we've shown we can become a powerful mass that must be heard. It’s a cultural shift for my generation.’’