Political Radicalism in Brazil surpasses global average

Political polarization in Brazil has reached a high level of intolerance that surpasses the international average of the 27 countries observed in a survey of the Ipsos Institute.

A perceptible theme in the Brazilian daily life in recent years, the radicalism that involves political-partisan discussions was the aspect measured in the research. The survey showed that the people that answered it in Brazil are less likely to accept differences. According to the institute, 32% of Brazilians believe that it is not worth trying to talk to people who have different political views from their own. The national index on this issue is higher than that of almost all countries surveyed - which averaged 24% - only behind that of India (35%) and South Africa (33%). In practice, the level of intolerance in political discussions affects the various personal relationships, be they family ones, professional and interactions in social networks.

The 42-year-old female entrepreneur, Patricia Jimenes, has not seen her mother for about a year, as a result of a breakup due to political differences associated with "values and principles." In last year's elections, they didn't speak to each other for almost three months. Patricia, who identifies with the left, has blocked her mother on social networks for a while - all in an attempt to not receive political messages, she explained. "In April of last year I exploded. After a comment at a family dinner, I picked up my things and said I would not return there."

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