RIO DE JANEIRO, July 1 (Xinhua) -- The protests which have swept over Brazil for over two weeks have significantly affected the people's confidence in Brazil's politicians, the latest Datafolha poll published Monday showed.
Decrease in the approval rates was especially significant in Brazil's largest cities such as Rio and Sao Paulo, which saw the largest protests in the past 20 years, according to the poll conducted on June 27-28 and published by daily Folha de Sao Paulo.
In Sao Paulo, the approval rate of Mayor Fernando Haddad fell 14 percentage points from 34 percent in early June.
The Sao Paulo State government's reputation also suffered with those who approved the administration of Governor Geraldo Alckmin fell from 52 to 38 percent.
In Rio, Governor Sergio Cabral registered an approval rate of 25 percent, the lowest ever registered by the governor in six and a half years of government, while Mayor Eduardo Paes is now at 30 percent.
The approval rate of President Dilma Rousseff also suffered a serious blow from the protests as the poll showed that voters' approval rate of the President dropped from 57 percent in the first week of June to 30 percent in the last week of the month.
Voters who viewed Rousseff's attitudes towards the protests as "good" or "very good" totaled 32 percent, while those who disapprove her handling of the events accounted for 26 percent.
Over the past week, Rousseff made a series of announcements with regard to the betterment of public services during her meeting with local government leaders, lawmakers and representatives from social movements.