More than half of the Brazilian population has little or no confidence in the state police – civil and military. This is what reveals a survey carried out by Instituto Opinião and released this week by the website Congresso em Foco.
The survey showed that 48.9% of people have little trust in the Military Police, while 15.5% said they had no confidence. Regarding the Civil Police, the rates were similar: 47.7% had little trust; 14.7% do not trust.
The research was published at a time of protests against police violence in different parts of the country. In recent weeks, dozens of people have been killed by police in operations in states such as Bahia, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
The result of the survey also showed a great balance between the parts of the population in relation to feelings of trust and fear in relation to the civil and military police. While 45.5% say they fear more than trust the police forces, the group that trusts more than fears is 46.6%.
The Federal Police (PF) had the best result in the survey, with 41.3% of people saying they “trust a lot” in the Force, against 39.8% who trust little and 12.2% who do not trust.
The Federal Highway Police (PRF), which, according to investigations, was used as a political instrument in favor of Jair Bolsonaro (PL) while he held the Presidency of the Republic, received a vote of confidence from 37.9% of respondents, while 42 .1% said they had little confidence and 13.6% said they had no confidence.
The survey heard 2,000 people between the 16th and 19th of August across the country. The interviews were done over the phone. The margin of error, according to the research institute, is two percentage points, more or less.
Editing: Thalita Pires