Rousseff popularity edges up but 70 percent oppose tax hike: Brazil poll

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Posted: Oct 27, 2015 9:01 AM

BRASILIA (Reuters) - President Dilma Rousseff's popularity has improved marginally despite a deepening economic recession, but a majority of Brazilians oppose her plan to raise taxes to reduce a fiscal deficit, according to an opinion poll published on Tuesday.

The CNT/MDA poll showed that her government's approval rating rose slightly to 8.8 percent compared with 7.7 percent in a previous survey in July, while 70 percent rate her government negatively compared to 70.9 percent in July.

The poll found that 70.5 percent of respondents oppose a government proposal to revive an unpopular tax on financial transactions known as CPMF.

The survey by pollster MDA, commissioned by the national transport lobby group CNT, surveyed 2,002 people between Oct. 20-24 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.

(Reporting by Anthony Boadle Editing by W Simon)