This chart shows the approval percentages in red; disapproval in green and does not respond (blue); please note the trend… figures from October 2009 to October 2011.
There is discontent in Bolivia with the work of current Bolivian president, according to a survey showing that discontent rose to 55% last October and its management approval fell two points to 35%.
According to Pagina Siete newspaper and reported here by www.hoybolivia.com, a recent survey shows that public approval of current president fell to 35% in the month of October, two percentage points less than those obtained in September.
Also, the survey shows that 55% of respondents in the central cities of the country disapproves the president, which means four percentage points higher than last month. While 10% does expressed an option.
Company IPSOS was the entity that conducted the Survey Assessment in the cities of La Paz, El Alto, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz.
The data collection took place between October 1st and the 10th, on the basis of a sample of 1,312 respondents between 18 and 70 years old; in the main cities of the country.
This survey was completed nine days before the arrival to La Paz by the protest march in defense of TIPNIS. But since last August, the trend of people’s opinions on the president’s approval is steadily going down.
So far in 2011, July is the month that this president received the highest percentage of approval for his management, achieving a 48%, while in February is when it was registered the highest percentage of disapproval, with 63% .
During January 2010, was the month when Morales brought greater approval rate reaching 70%. On the other hand, in August and December 2010 the President achieved the highest disapproval, with 47%, a figure that was surpassed so far this year.
In October 2009, the approval in support of President Morales was 57%, while the measurement in 2010 showed that the percentage of the people who approve the president during that month came to represent 49% of the sample survey.
On the other hand, in October 2009, 40% of respondents disapproved of the President, while a year later, those who felt the same accounted for 45% of respondents in the main cities.
If the government would intend to revert this trend, they certainly shouldn’t engage in comments that drive public perceptions towards gasoline/diesel price increases…, which only cause uncertainty and speculation. That is a fact, here and in Katmandu.