Humala slide in polls continues


President Ollanta Humala has discovered just how short a post election honeymoon period can be.

Elected in June, President Humala saw his approval ratings shoot up immediately after the election. Since then, however, he has had to battle with the problems of steering a fine line between his left wing instincts and the more centrist approach he promised to take in the second round of the presidential election. In particular he has suffered from massive protests against a gold mine in the Cajamarca region as well as an illegal lobbying scandal involving one of his two vice-presidents.

In September the President saw his popularity stand at 65%, that slipped to 62% in October and then 56% in November. The latest opinion poll by Ipsos Mori puts the popularity of the president on 47% in December, a drop of 9 percentage points in one month.

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