Adimark-GfK, Chile’s leading Market Research and Public Opinion Company, released this morning the results of the April 2012 survey evaluating the performance of Chile’s President Sebastian Piñera, his government and the political institutions.
The survey, which measures the levels of citizen’s approval and disapproval of Chilean leader’s performance, continued showing a decreasing trend with respect to the ratings obtained in previous polls. President Piñera obtained a 26 % approval while 66% disapprove his performance as head of the government. This rating is the lowest during the time of Mr. Piñera’s mandate. It has steadily decreased from the 66% approval he reached following the successful rescue of the 33 miners buried underground for more than 60 days in a copper mine in northern Chile. The government as a whole also received a 26% approval, but an even higher level of disapproval, 67%.
The approval of the center-right government coalition backing Mr. Piñera decreased to 19%. The performance of the center-left opposition coalition, aiming to compete for control of the government in the presidential election of 2013, did not fare better. It obtained only 17% of approval. The Senate’s and the Chamber of Deputies’ approval rating were reduced to record lows of 17% and 16%, respectively.
Minister Andrés Chadwick, Mr. Piñera’s government spokesperson, reacted today to the publication of the results of the Adimark poll: "We are convinced we are doing a good job, we are doing it with great effort, very seriously.” said Mr. Chadwick, according to LaTercera (in Spanish).
The survey reflects an alarming level of dissatisfaction and rejection of the public opinion for political leaders across the whole spectrum of Chilean government institutions and reveal a stunning degree of displeasure and mistrust with both the parties in power and the opposition.
The results of the latest Adimark-GfK poll place Mr. Piñera at the bottom of the list of 19 presidential leaders in Latin America. According to Mitofsky International Public Opinion Research Company the Chilean President is at the end of the “Very Low Evaluation” category along with Costa Rica’s president Laura Chinchilla, who also commands only a 26% approval rating in her country, reports EmergingTerrains.com.
Front view of "La Moneda", Chile's Government House in Santiago de Chile.