19-03-2020 Latin American Weekly Report
As region goes into lockdown, two populists play by own rules
President Bachelet’s approval rating fell nine percentage points to 29% in the latest survey by Chile’s most prestigious polling firm, Centro de Estudios Públicos (CEP), down nine percentage points on the previous CEP poll last November and far lower than anything she experienced during her first term in power (2006-2010). Bachelet’s disapproval rating jumped to 56%, up 13 points. Crime was adjudged to be the principal public concern on 46%, followed by health on 45% and education on 40%, but the fastest-growing concern was corruption, which climbed 19 points on the previous poll to 28%. This, in a country which regularly tops a regionalised table of the annual corruption perceptions index (CPI) compiled by the Berlin-based NGO Transparency International.
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