Brazil’s Trumpian Candidate Jair Bolsonaro is polling well because the educated dread a return of the left
Mr. Bolsonaro has support among evangelical Christians and farmers. He does better than Mr. Haddad among middle-income voters and especially well among the college-educated, who fear a return of the corrupt Left Wing Workers Party (PT). He talks tough on security and wants to restore the presence of the state in places taken over by organized crime. He speaks bluntly against PT land redistribution that has favored special interest groups. His critics call him racist for this, but trampling property rights is no way to raise living standards.
Mr. Bolsonaro's broadest appeal is that he speaks vigorously against the. In a nation where soaring hopes were dashed by PT recklessness and entitlement, that message sells.