Uruguay's President Luis Lacalle Pou (2020-2025) and ex-president José “Pepe” Mujica (2010-2015) top the list of most-liked politicians in the country, a survey by pollsters Equipos Consultores released Thursday showed.
The study measured four categories: a) popularity, b) appreciation or support, c) rejection, and d) net balance (appreciation minus rejection).
Item ”a)” measured how well-known a political leader was. It boiled down mostly to presidents and/or presidential candidates. Mujica and Lacalle Pou are universally known among Uruguayans (100% in the case of Mujica and 99% in the case of Lacalle Pou), followed by two-time former President Julio María Sanguinetti, Cabildo Abierto Senator (and former Army chief) Guido Manini Ríos and former Colorado Senator Pedro Bordaberry.
Mujica and Lacalle Pou are also the two political leaders most liked by the population, followed by Canelones Mayor Yamandú Orsi of Mujica's opposition Broad Front (Frente Amplio - FA) who many regard as a future head of state, together with Montevideo Mayor Carolina Cosse, and Senator (and former Vice President) Danilo Astori.
Those most rejected are Senators Juan Sartori (59%) and Manini Ríos (52%), while Lacalle Pou and Orsi have the best net balance (+13 and +10 respectively).
Lacalle's positive image was released on the day when far more than one million Uruguayans voluntarily joined the general strike called for by the Plenario Intersindical de Trabajadores-Convención Nacional de Trabajadores (PIT-CNT), according to the labor grouping leader Marcel Abdala.
The strike has had an enormous adhesion, in the central administration, in all the companies, in the whole educational system -public and private-, in public and private banking, in construction, in all the manufacturing industry, in very important services, except for those cases such as health, Abdala maintained.