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61 percent of Brazil’s population thinks hosting the World Cup was an awful idea

A worker takes a selfie with Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff during her visit to Sao Paulo’s Stadium last month. (Nacho Doce/Reuters)

The results are in on the latest poll measuring Brazilian attitudes about their country ahead of the World Cup and they’re not good. In fact, they’re dismal. A Pew Research Center report states:

“The national mood in Brazil is grim, following a year in which more than a million people have taken to the streets of major cities across the country to protest corruption, rising inflation and a lack of government investment in public services such as education, health care and public transportation, among other things.”

The poll found 72 percent of Brazilians are “dissatisfied with the way things are going in their country,” which is up from 55 percent in June 2013, a measurement taken just weeks before the demonstrations erupted.

Of particular concern to the country is the World Cup, which is set to kick off in just more than a week. The poll found roughly 61 percent of people think hosting the event is a bad thing for Brazil because it takes money away from the issues, such as schools, health care and other public services. On the flip side, just 34 percent of the population deems hosting the World Cup as a good thing because it “will create more jobs and help the economy.”

Other concerns Brazil’s population raised was how the World Cup, which continues to be plagued by logistical problems, will affect international perception of Brazil. The report finds 39 percent of people think it will hurt the country’s image around the world, while 35 percent say it will help. Twenty-three percent answered that it will have no impact.

Many Brazilians blame their president, Dilma Rousseff, for the World Cup issues. The report finds 67 percent disapprove of the way she is dealing with the tournament, while just 32 percent approve.

This latest data corroborates older data that also suggested that really the main thing Brazilians were looking forward to was the World Cup being over.