Funes has Highest Presidential Approval Rating

The Salvadoran president has a 72% approval rating, while Martinelli has 65%, Lobo 51%, Chinchilla 45%, Colom 41% and Ortega 40%.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


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Mauricio Funes, although still in second place in Latin America, falls three percentage points from a previous survey and now has 72% approval rating, topping the list of presidents in Central America with high evaluation.

Ricardo Martinelli, after 18 months as Panama´s president, achieved 65% approval.

Porfirio Lobo in Honduras drops from the list of high evaluations placing seventh with an approval of 51%, and although it falls almost 10 percentage points, it is still higher than percentages achieved by immediate predecessors.

Laura Chinchilla, Costa Rica´s 10 month old president, leaves the ranking of presidents with average acceptance and places in 12th place with a 45% rating.

Alvaro Colom in Guatemala is ranked 15 in Latin America with 41%.

Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua left the list of unpopular leaders earning 8 percentage points reaching now 40% approval rating.

The survey conducted by Mitofsky, a compilation of rating surveys, states that "these assessments are only one measure of the work done by each of the Presidents or Prime Ministers and may or may not fully show the efficiency and the accomplishments of their administrations.

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Presidential Approval Ratings

January 2010

Martinelli and Funes lead in Latin America with 91% and 88% approval ratings. In Central America, they are followed by Colom with 46%, Arias 44% and Ortega with 38%.

Mauricio Funes from El Salvador and Ricardo Martinelli from Panama share, together with Brazilian President Lula Da Silva, the privilege of being in the group of "Outstanding Evaluation", composed of those heads of state with approval ratings above 75%.

Funes and Lobo the Best Rated

March 2010

CID/Gallup published their presidential approval survey for March 2010, which includes the presidents of Central America and the Dominican Republic.

Mauricio Funes, president of El Salvador, is still enjoys the highest approval.

He is followed by Porfirio ‘Pepe’ Lobo, who recently become the president of Honduras.

C.A. Presidential Approval Rankings

July 2010

Mauricio Funes has an approval rating of 76%; he is followed by Ricardo Martinelli (66%), Laura Chinchilla (64%), Porfirio Lobo (60%), Alvaro Colom (50%) and Daniel Ortega (38%).

CID-Gallup unveiled its Central American public opinion poll for July 2010. It remarks that Funes remains the president with the highest approval ratings, and that Honduran president Lobo slipped from the third to the fourth spot, mainly because he is disliked by opposition and unregistered voters.

President Approval Ranking

September 2009

In Central America, Mauricio Funes leads with an 84% approval rating, followed by Ricardo Martinelli (77%), Alvaro Colom (46%) and Oscar Arias (37%).

In its Presidential Evaluation of September 2009, "Consulta Mitofsky" remarked the approval ratings of Salvadoran president Mauricio Funes, who tops the ranking of American heads of state.

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