Difficult Task for President Funes

El Salvador is not an easy country to govern, but despite all the difficulties faced during his presidential term, Mauricio Funes has the support of 79% of the population.

Friday, December 17, 2010

That makes him the most popular president in Latin America and this despite the fact El Salvador has the highest murder rate in the world and despite the fact its economy shrank 3.6% during the global economic crisis.

The support Funes has does not come from any success against crime or possible economic improvement, but from a balanced position against existing political and ideological polarization in El Salvador, represented in the main political parties: the conservative ARENA and the MNLF Frente Farabundo Marti National Liberation, heir to the revolutionary guerrilla who brought him to power.

While Funes has met some of the social principles of the FMLN, including free elementary education and provision of shoes and uniforms for all students, he has been reluctant to adopt more radical positions, especially in economic policies.

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What do you think of your president?

July 2011

Funes and Martinelli have maintained high levels of approval from their countrymen, while Ortega is recovering, Colom and Lobo are still low and Chinchilla is still falling.

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.

Funes has Highest Presidential Approval Rating

March 2011

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.

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.

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%.

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