Who is the best member of the Government? The most repeated answer to the Intercampus poll question for Correio da Manhã and Jornal de Negócios is the Minister of Health. Marta Temido is the most popular of the Government in the opinion poll conducted in early June, but removing the champion from the ranking of recent years: Mário Centeno.
With the departure of Centeno from Finance, the Minister of Health moved forward in popularity in the middle of a pandemic, reveals the Jornal de Negócios in this Tuesday’s edition (news available in the paper edition), and the almost daily appearance on televisions, in particular at press conferences on updating Covid-19 data, often alongside the director, is not indifferent General of Health, Graça Freitas. To Negócios, the director of Intercampus, António Salvador, affirms that “clearly, people comment on who they know”, admitting, however, that this assessment also stems from a positive appreciation that those that the Portuguese seem to make of the response to Covid-19 by health authorities.
According to data collected by Intercampus, 18% of Portuguese respondents point to Temido as the best minister and 9.5% as the worst. However, having taken this survey at the beginning of June, it is still Mário Centeno (meanwhile replaced in the Government) who leads the ranking of the popularity of António Costa’s Government members, with 36.7% positive appraisals. He is also and second name most often mentioned as the worst minister (11.6% of the respondents give this answer), the first is that of the Minister of Culture Graça Freitas, with 13.8%. Marta Temido appears in third place, in the negative column, with 9.5% of respondents pointing her out as the worst member of Costa’s team.
In the last week, the Minister of Health has been at the center of criticism due to the outbreak of Convid-19 in the Lisbon region that led to a localized setback (in some parishes in the region) in confinement measures. The Mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, openly criticized the crisis management by the Ministry of Health. In statements on TVI24, Medina said that “either there is the capacity to contain this quickly or else the right people have to be put in the right places” . This with regard to the increase in the number of new infections by Covid-19 in the Lisbon region.
According to the survey published in the Jornal de Negócios, only five of the members of António Costa’s government have a positive balance, in addition to ex-minister Mário Centeno (who still appears in the study) and Marta Temido. Next are the Minister of Justice, Francisca Van Dunem (5.7% are positive and 3.6% negative), the Minister of State and Economy, Pedro Siza Vieira (3.6% against 2.8%), and the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor (2.3% against 0.8% negative appraisals).
Mário Centeno continues to appear at the top of this list, since the survey was carried out at the beginning of last month, when he was still Minister of State and Finance. On June 9, he was replaced by João Leão, who still has no record in this survey.