President suffers big drop in popularity
President Michelle Bachelet has seen a rapid deterioration in her popularity over the past month according to a Cadem polling agency poll.
The poll suggests that the President’s approval rating has dropped from 40% in January to just 31% today. The main cause for the drop in approval appears to be the controversy over the President’s son, Sebastián Dávalos, who is reported to have received preferential treatment for a bank loan from a company partially owned by his family. The issue is known as the “Caso nueragate” in Chile.
Sebastián Dávalos was the Director of Sociocultural Area of the Presidency until he was forced to resign over the controversy on 13th February.
President Bachelet fought her election campaign in 2013 on a programme of fighting inequality and privilege.