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Majority of Argentines want Cristina Fernandez to finish her four year mandate

Wednesday, February 19th 2014 - 22:50 UTC
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The conspiracy theories that want the Argentine leader are false for 57% of Argentines. The conspiracy theories that want the Argentine leader are false for 57% of Argentines.
In December 2001, former president De la Rúa abandoned Casa Rosada in a helicopter     In December 2001, former president De la Rúa abandoned Casa Rosada in a helicopter

Over half the Argentines want president Cristina Fernandez to remain in office and to finish her four year mandate and at the same time reject conspiracy theories which pretend to force the exit of the controversial leader.

 A majority 64.8% don't believe Cristina should step down while 26.1% support the idea according to an opinion poll from Raul Aragon & Associates published in Buenos Aires.

A similar percentage, 69.5% believe Cristina Fernandez will remain in office until December 2015, while 29% think she will step down before that date, the end of her second consecutive mandate.

Likewise, 56.7% consider false the intentional destabilization theories which have been launched to force a premature exit of the president, as claimed by government officials.

Another public opinion poll, Opinion Publica Servicios y Mercados, points out that 36% of Argentines believes that the current economic and financial problems are the result of government's lack of capacity and only 17% support the official version that “concentrated power groups” are responsible for those problems. Another 37% point to a combination of both arguments.

Similarly, 41% of those interviewed said that the strong devaluation of the Argentine peso at the end of January 'was induced by government to recover the competitiveness of the currency', while 36% support the government position that it was market forces which ballooned the value of the US dollar in the local market.

The OPSM poll published by the financial daily El Cronista also showed that a majority of those interviewed are concerned with the current economic and social situation in Argentina, and three out of four believe “things in the country are bad or really bad”.

Furthermore, 81% said that the Argentine government made the money exchange clamp more flexible because it was overflowed by 'economic factors and had no other way out'.

Following the abrupt devaluation of the Peso last January when it lost 23% of its value to the US dollar, the government of President Cristina Fernandez blamed the big multinationals and opposition media for speculating and promoting the crisis situation in Argentina.

During her last official rally, President Cristina Fernandez said that “not only the financial markets and the banks promoted destabilization, but they were also supported by certain media with hegemonic influence that want to see me fly off in the air”.

The Raul Aragon & Associates public opinion poll was done between 10 and 12 February in metropolitan Buenos Aires including 1.200 random interviews, while OPSM did its field work on 10/14 February.

Cristina Fernandez reference 'to see me fly off in the air' refer to the exit from the Government House roof landing pad of president Isabel Peron in 1976 and elected president Fernando de la Rúa in 2001.

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  • British_Kirchnerist

    “only 17% support the official version that “concentrated power groups” are responsible for those problems. Another 37% point to a combination of both arguments”

    In other words over half of even this poll sample (and probably bigger percentages in the country given the way polling favours the better off) agree with Cristinita that there is destabilisation at play, and a full 17% don't see any other factors to blame at all. But even if the 37% are right and there's things the government could have done better (show me a government of which that isn't true? Cameron?!) that doesn't make the destabilisation right! And I'm very heartened by the people's overwhelming rejection of the real “conspiracy theory”, that Cristinita will or should leave before the end of her term =)

    So happy birthday to Cristinita, not her last in office and I still hope perhaps not even her second last =) Just had an brainwave, not a serious constitutional insight alas, but if they measured a four year term by the incumbent aging four years, Cristinita would be there indefinitely as she really is forever young and beautiful =)

    Feb 19th, 2014 - 11:29 pm 0
  • CabezaDura2

    “Given the anomic situation that is provided by the national government and under the circumstances of looting and chaos that the executive cannot solve nor knows how to do so, it is essential and urgent that Dr. Fernando De la Rua presents his resignation to the President's Office and give the government peremptorily. Otherwise, he will be responsible for the dramatic consequences provoked by his impotent management ”.... Signed. Sen. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner December 2001

    This poll should have asked “Do you think CFK should finish her term or call for anticipated elections?” Instead of asking if she should step down or not... People dont want a another 5 president week.

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    @Stevie (the gayest user of Mercopress)

    You can also add up the 36% with the 37%, instead of the 36% with the 17%...

    Nixon was not even impeached after Watergate when he claimed down. Nowbody then claimed it was a destabilization or a Coup d’Etat. If you commit a crime while in gov't or you are unable for health or have pure incompetence

    Feb 19th, 2014 - 11:48 pm 0
  • bushpilot

    BK doesn't mean all that stuff. He is just a troll having fun pushing people's buttons.

    Feb 19th, 2014 - 11:53 pm 0
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