Thursday, September 20th 2012 - 02:22 UTC

Uruguayan president Mujica at his lowest approval rate since taking office

The approval of Uruguayan president Jose Mujica dropped to 36% which is the lowest since he took office in March 2010, and the lowest of the ruling coalition Broad Front, according to the latest public opinion release.

Mujica has seen his support plummet to 36% following on growing unsolved problems

In the last six months support for President Mujica was down eleven percentage points from 47% in February, reports pollster Cifra. The fall was of three percentage points compared to his lowest previous rating in June 2011.

When Mujica took off two years and a half ago, he had the support of 66% of Uruguayans which is more than the 51% who actually cast a vote for him in November.

According to Luis Eduardo Gonzalez, head of Cifra, “various” factors have coincided in the loss of approval for the president’s performance among which the “lack of solution” to problems “of high concern” for public opinion such as security, education, health plus growing inflation and its impact on salaries.

The poll also shows that while 36% of Uruguayans approve the performance of Mujica, 77, who is the second president of the catch-all coalition to rule the country. Another 42% disapprove and the remaining 22% does not have an opinion or preferred not to reply.

Splitting these percentages among the three main political parties, 58% of the ruling coalition supports Mujica’s performance while eight out of ten from the senior opposition National party disapprove and only 7% from the junior opposition Colorado party support the president.

However regarding the president’s popularity, Mujica is supported by 71% form his coalition; 10% from the National party and 14% from the Colorado party.

The poll was done between 31 August and 10 September interviewing 800 people on the phone with a margin error of plus/minus 3.4 percentage points.

Asked to comment on the latest opinion poll, President Mujica said “it was not his job to interpret polls; my job is to keep working and that’s it”.

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1 Harry Stamper (#) Sep 20th, 2012 - 08:12 am Report abuse
Christina's poodle
2 Conqueror (#) Sep 20th, 2012 - 11:05 am Report abuse
Stupid, cowardly, senile, old wimp.
3 Britninja (#) Sep 20th, 2012 - 12:28 pm Report abuse
It's quite simple, Pepe.

Tell Argies to f off = 20% boost in approval! Hurrah!
4 ManRod (#) Sep 20th, 2012 - 12:34 pm Report abuse
Uruguayans (still) have a healthy sense for their leaders, Mujica has shown too submissive behaviour in regards to Argentinian Politics.
I bet, most Uruguayans would prefer to have other south american countries as direct neighbours...
5 Britninja (#) Sep 20th, 2012 - 12:40 pm Report abuse
I think most people would prefer their country to be neighbours with a fire-belching portal to hell rather than Argentina. Listening to the screams of the damned isn't much of a bother compared to dealing with the Botox Hag and her flying monkeys.
6 ChrisR (#) Sep 20th, 2012 - 12:53 pm Report abuse

You must live in Uruguay!

I know quite a few people who think like that including me. I also think Venezuela would qualify.
7 onredelijk (#) Sep 21st, 2012 - 04:53 pm Report abuse
Frightening that 47% ever voted for him but much more scary that 36% still would!
8 British_Kirchnerist (#) Sep 25th, 2012 - 03:45 am Report abuse
Hope his support rallies before the end of his term, or perhaps the Uruguyans “won't know what they've got till its gone”..
9 ChrisR (#) Sep 25th, 2012 - 11:28 am Report abuse

Like your Old Scottish Labour party, aka the communists, who managed to kill the industrial heartland of Scotland with the rediculous claims eh?

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