A woman protests with signs pasted on her face that read 'FIFA Go Home' and 'Will not have a Cup' during a march against the World Cup 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicked off Thursday in Brazil, and while millions of fans are excited for the world's most-popular sporting event, a cloud of controversy continues to surround the host country.
According to the results of a recent Pew Research survey, 61% of Brazilians believe hosting the World Cup will have a negative impact on the nation because it takes money away from schools, health care and other public services, for example. Public demonstrations protesting these issues have taken place since June 2013.
Additionally, 72% of Brazilians are dissatisfied with "the way things are going" in their country, Pew reported; that figure was 55% in the weeks leading up to the start of the June 2013 protests.
Clear majorities of Brazilians disapprove of President Dilma Rousseff's handling of major issues, and 67% disapprove of the way she managed preparations for the World Cup.
A new wave of demonstrations took place last month in at least 18 Brazilian cities, protesting everything from World Cup construction costs in the midst of poverty to serious concerns over infrastructure.
The following chart, created by statistics portal Statista, shows eight social issues that Brazilians feel are particularly pressing (as of April, when the survey took place), including the economy, crime, health care and political corruption.