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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.



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