2018 closed in a different way for the presidents of Latin America. Last year, some leaders ended their term and others started their management.
According to the polls considered the most representative of each country, Michel Temer, who concluded his term yesterday and was succeeded by the far-right Jair Bolsonaro, closed his term with 5% acceptance, according to Ibope.
The second one with worse performance is the president of Colombia, Iván Duque, with 24%, according to Yanhaas, after three months of having reached the Government of the neighboring country. When he took power his acceptance was 53%. That is, in four months, his popularity collapsed 29 points.
The trend of the different surveys that have been published in recent weeks shows a drop in the favorable image of Duque, which has possibly been affected by initiatives such as the Financing Law, which basically includes more taxes for citizens.
While the president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, has greater acceptance of the aforementioned leaders. According to the Cedatos survey, Moreno closed 2018 with 34% acceptance.
However, like Duque, the fall of the president’s popularity fell precipitously last year. In January, Moreno had 68.6% according to Cedatos itself. That is to say, in the course of 12 months its acceptance was reduced 34.6 points.
Mauricio Macri, from Argentina, fired 2018 with a popularity of 39%, according to data from Polyarchy. The center-right ruler is even ahead of Chilean President Sebastián Piñera (38%), despite the fact that last year he signed an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for more than 57.1 billion dollars, considered the most great that the multilateral organization has given to a country in its history.
Due to the agreement with the Fund, Macri has had to make unpopular decisions such as the increase in basic service rates. The last increase was made at the end of the year and cost him his head. In recent days, Javier Iguacel, Secretary of Energy, resigned. (I)