Popularity of Bachelet: Fallen at Lowest Point

Septiembre 4, 2007 · Imprimir Noticia su opinión

The popularity of Chile President: Michelle Bachelet has fallen to its lowest point since she took the place 18 months ago, weighed down by criticisms of the country’s revamped public transport system… a poll showed on Monday. Bachelet’s approval rating fell to 39.1%, breaking through the 60% mark for the first time since she assumed the presidency in March 2006, according to a monthly survey by pollster Adimark.

Results of August Report:

The poll, conducted in August, interviewed 1,013 people and had a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points. Bachelet, a socialist who is Chile’s first female president, enjoyed popularity ratings of 49 percent in March after her first year in power. But she has been challenged on how to manage a booming economy helped by high prices for copper, Chile’s top export, amid calls by Chileans for the country’s new wealth to be fairly distributed. Since coming to office, Bachelet has faced massive student protests calling for increased funding in public education and a monthlong protest in July by subcontract workers demanding higher wages at state copper miner Codelco.

Bachelet’s approval rating was hardest hit by continued problems with the Transantiago public transit system in the capital, home to about one-third of Chile’s population. The system was redesigned in February and has suffered from congestion and delays ever since.

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