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Chilean president support plummets; 67% “believe little or anything” Piñera says

Wednesday, September 28th 2011 - 06:29 UTC
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The students conflict has hit hard and eroded confidence in Piñera The students conflict has hit hard and eroded confidence in Piñera

A poll from the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Reality (CERC) released Tuesday confirmed that Chile’s beleaguered President Sebastián Piñera continues to lose popular support.

Outright rejection of the President grew by 13 points to 66%, while those approving of his work fell 13 points, to just 22%, the poll found.

This is the lowest approval rating ever seen by a sitting president in the 25-year history of CERC polls and confirms the result of a recent Adimark poll that also found Piñera’s support going from bad to worse: dropping to 27%, according to the Adimark poll.

The CERC poll also found that 67% “believe little if anything” the President says, up from 57% last May. Another 16% “more or less” believe the President, while only 14% “believe a great deal” of what he says.

The CERC poll was based on interviews of 1,200 adults from all over Chile taken between Aug. 10 and Aug. 28, a time when the nation was riveted by continuing student protests that are supported by the vast majority of the nation.

The CERC poll also shows a sharp change in public perception of the most important issues now facing the nation: 74% cite education as the primary challenge to the nation, up from 24% last May. The poll determined that 89% of the public supports the ongoing student strikers/protesters, with 71 percent supporting a plebiscite initiative as a way to resolve education policy differences.

“Today, people from all the different social strata are naming education as the primary issue facing Chile,” said CERC director, Carlos Huneeus.

There was also a sharp increase in the number of people agreeing that the current government “works only for the business community,” – up to 71%, compared to 64% in the previous CERC poll.

The CERC poll also examined the state of Chile’s political parties. Support for opposition parties grew from 40 to 45%, even while another 43% continue to give a negative evaluation of the opposition parties.

Meanwhile, support for the centre-right governing parties dropped from 29% to 22%.
An election between the top-ranked opposition figure (former President Michelle Bachelet) and the top-ranked rightist leaders (Public Works Minister Laurence Golborne) would result in a 59% to 22% victory for Bachelet, the CERC poll found.

When people were asked who they believe will be the next president, Bachelet received 32%, Golborne 28%, and centre-left dissident Marco Enriquez-Ominami (a former presidential candidate in 2010) 3%.

By Steve Anderson - The Santiago Times

Categories: Politics, Latin America.

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  • Sergio Vega

    Some considerations to the article must be done :

    1.- The CERC´s Director Mr. Hunneus is a well know Concertacion follower, even he appeared making political comments over his own results....so they are no neutral, of course....It´s means it´s a non valid poll.

    2.- The article´s author didn´t mention that the opposition figured with an 11% of approval, a half of the Gvt. result.....even the poll clearly has a leftist tendency.

    3.- It´s clear that the opposition politicians have been profiting from the student movement with electoral goals.....but they have won just reject from common people with the 11% of approval.

    4.- Clearly, the leftist opposition is trying to settle Miss Bachelet for the next election, but she left her presidential term with 85% of approval and now she has just 32%....even she has been quitely using her UN position to keep her in the race...

    5.- Obviously, the sutdent demands has been used to blanket the good figures that this Gvt. has achieved for the coutry in the economy, labor, health, etc...

    This article has been wrotten with the aim of keep the people with a wrong concept of what is going on in Chile.

    Sep 28th, 2011 - 12:30 pm 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    “Outright rejection of the President grew by 13 points to 66%, while those approving of his work fell 13 points, to just 22%, the poll found”

    Told you Sergito :-)
    Saludos para el pueblo Chileno.

    Sep 28th, 2011 - 02:10 pm 0
  • Sergio Vega

    Yes, but the leftist opposition fall to a 11% of approval, a half Gtv. approval....so which is doing worse.....????

    salute Marquitos.....

    Sep 28th, 2011 - 07:15 pm 0
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