Evangelicals in Brazil rally support behind President Bolsonaro
With his slogan "Brazil above all and God above all," the far-right leader has defended conservative positions.
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As President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro has endeared himself to the far-right and evangelical population of the country for moves such as the prohibition of abortion and the appointment of the first evangelical magistrate to the Supreme Court.
Evangelicals in Congress have become a powerful bloc, with a total of 112 of the 513 deputies, while representing 30% of the total Brazilian population, according to estimates.
In a secular state like Brazil, the current religious fervor penetrates the upper echelons of power. Bolsonaro hopes to further promote this alliance in the face of the October elections, where he seeks reelection and trails former president Lula da Silva in the polls.
"Religion should be mixed with politics. This is a representation of the society of which we are a part and therefore we need evangelical policies," said Rafael Moreira Macedo, a militant conservative who campaigned with the current president in front of the church Assembly of God Victory in Christ, in Penha.
Most evangelical Christians firmly declare their support for Bolsonaro, repeating the same ideas of his speech criticizing the left for its corruption scandals and Lula's mishandling of situations as president.
"I don't know anyone who votes for Lula. Bolsonaro is against everything that is pernicious for teenagers and adults," said Alessandra Abreu, a 22-year-old student, and an evangelical.
According to the latest polls in the run-up to the elections, Lula still has a 44% of voter support, compared to 31% for Bolsonaro.