Humala survives first year in office


President Ollanta Humala has completed his first year in office in better shape than his two predecessors according to a survey by Ipsos Apoyo.

President Humala, in the latest poll, has an approval rating of 40% and a disapproval rating of 51%, much better than Alan García (2006 – 2011) who, in a similar time period, was on 32% approval and 64% disapproval rating. Alejandro Toledo (2001 – 2006) fared even worse with an 18% approval and 76% disapproval rating during his first year.

The main area of contention for President Humala is the continued controversy over the Conga gold mine. Of those interviewed 56% said that the project should go ahead, although many of these were from the urban areas which are not Humala’s natural allies. In the regions where the president gains his greatest support 35% of those interviewed said that they wanted the project cancelling.

The two key areas concerning most voters are social conflicts and narco-terrorist activity according to the survey.

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