Table with Opinion on the Credibility of Politicians: Clear Attestation of the Failure of the Current Liberal Model

The chart below, regarding the credibility of politicians, is very clear about the results of this process of choosing political leaders in the current forms of Liberal democracies. These data are about the credibility deserved by those who should be the best that a nation has, as they occupy the most responsible positions. The survey is by IBOPE and was published in Zero Hora, on 08/09/87. Needless to say, the situation in Brazil 2020 does not look any better, with so many corruption scandals in the highest positions in the nation! The question asked was as follows:

– “Do you agree or disagree with the statements below used to describe the actions of politicians?” The tabulation presents percentages.

Statements Agree Disagree Not know/ not answer
Only do politics in self-interest 80% 17% 3%
They care about the interests of the people 30 67 3
Even the most honest ones corrupt themselves 66 26 8
Not deliver what they promise in the campaign 89 9 2
Only defend those who helped them get elected 73 23 4
They enjoy many perks 92 6 2
Only remember the voter at the time of the election 93 6 1

This disheartening picture, in itself, is already a clear statement about the incompetence of this system of choosing political leaders.

It is worth adding another table, even more recent, the result of a survey by IBOPE, which interviewed 2,000 people, in May 93. This table was published in the magazine Veja on 2/6/1993, with the answers to the question:

– “Do you remember the name of the candidate and the party you voted for as a federal deputy in the last elections (late 1989)?

Replies Percentages
Remember candidate and party 12%
Voted only in the caption 14%
Remember only the candidate 8%
Voted blank / null 17%
Does not remember for federal deputy
Total 100%

In other words, half the population did not remember, quite simply, which candidate or party voted in what is the most important election in the nation. All major laws in the country depend on the Chamber of Deputies, or all major legislative decisions, or even, as has already happened in recent history, the impeachment of presidents, the maximum head of the executive power, in addition to so many other charges of greater responsibility and importance for the country. Well, with all this at stake, only 12% of the population remembered both the candidate and the party he voted for as a federal deputy in the last elections!

These tables bear evident testimony to the incompetence of this system for electing political rulers. Perhaps the picture of social exclusion, of poverty and violence that we consider characteristic of the social organization of a country such as Brazil bears even clearer testimony to the failure of this type of political organization. (Arnaldo Sisson Filho. What Is Wrong With Politics?; chapters III and V)