WorldViews: On eve of World Cup, poll shows almost everyone loves Brazil

By Ishaan Tharoor, June 11, 2014

The mood in Brazil the day before the World Cup begins is not ideal. The country's heavily favored national team is reportedly weighed down with anxiety, struggling with the burden of domestic expectation. Meanwhile, mass protests threaten to cloud the tournament, with many in Brazil angry with the government's wasteful spending, mismanagement and perceived corruption. According to a Pew poll published last week, 61 percent of Brazilians think hosting the World Cup is a bad idea; 72 percent are dissatisfied with "the way things are going in the country."

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