With the first few years of presidency behind them, Mauricio Funes and Ricardo Martinelli are the leaders in the area with the most approval from their citizens: The first for having faced difficult opposition, and for his education, personality and charisma. The second for the infrastructure being developed, especially in Panama City and around the Canal. These are the results from the CID Gallup Polls consisting of 8.400 interviews in Central America and the Republic - 1200 per country in the second quarter of 2011.
Alvaro Colon, Laura Chinchilla and Daniel Ortega, follow behind in order of popularity. The Nicaraguan president shows a significant recovery compared to the end of last year, ahead of upcoming elections, where his compatriots feel that life is better under Ortega and the opposition remains divided. Laura Chinchilla’s approval maintained its negative trend, with people mentioning that the president has not kept her promises of improving public safety. Alvaro Colom persists with the fight against organized crime, which gives both favorable and unfavorable opinions, as well as his ‘Mi Familia Progresa’ program that has brought good returns to the countryside, the country faces elections in September, where his former wife is struggling to be accepted as a presidential candidate. The nation of Honduras has divided opinions both for and against its president Porfirio Lobo, after a period of political crisis which still causing citizens perceptions to fluctuate.
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.
The Salvadoran president has a 72% approval rating, while Martinelli has 65%, Lobo 51%, Chinchilla 45%, Colom 41% and Ortega 40%.
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.
The Summit of the Central American Integration System (SICA) has started in El Salvador; its participants will discuss regional integration and security topics.
The presidents of Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras and El Salvador will take part in the activity.
“During the summit, officials will discuss how to strengthen the region’s democratic institutions, joint policies to mitigate natural disasters and reactivate the regional economy”, reported Prensa Latina, adding that “they will also push for social policies to address poverty and crime”.
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