President Bachelet gets massive disapproval rating in latest poll


President Michelle Bachelet has suffered a further setback in her popularity according to a GfK Adimark opinion poll published for July.

Disapproval of the president now stands at 70%, the highest disapproval rating for a Chilean president in nine years according to the agency. The president’s approval rating stands at 26%, also the lowest since the agency started taking records. The poll also shows that the president has dropped in all of the attributes most associated with her, with the greatest fall being in credibility.

The government gets a 21% approval and 75% disapproval rating.

On individual issues 89% disapprove of the way the president is acting on crime and she gets 83% disapproval for corruption in state agencies. The only issue where President Bachelet gets a higher approval than disapproval rating is on foreign relations where she gets a 64% approval rating.

Perhaps most damaging for the President is the figure for education. The president was elected largely on a programme of education reform, but after a two month teachers strike and stalled reform programme 80% said that they disapproved of the president’s position on education. Education Minister Adriana Delpiano does little better with a 56% disapproval rating.

The only minister with a worse rating than the education minister is Andrés Gómez-Lobo, the Minister of Transport and Telecommunications who gets a 62% disapproval rating. Five ministers do, however, get a net approval rating with Foreign Affairs Minister Heraldo Muñoz on 79% approval and Natalia Riffo the Minister of Sports on 57% approval. José Antonio Gómez, Defence Minister gets 55% approval, Marcelo Diaz the Minister of the General Secretariat of Government gets 54% and Rodrigo Valdés the Finance Minister gets 52%.

The poll records that those identifying themselves with the “opposition” stands at 34% whilst 32% identify with the government.

You can find the full report here.

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