In the Americas No Leader Is More Popular than Brazil’s Lula

Brazil's Lula laughing Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva with 70% approval is the most popular leader in the Americas while in the other extreme Argentina's Cristina Kirchner and Honduras Manuel Zelaya appear with popularity below 30%, according to the prestigious Mexican pollster Consulta Mitofsky.

Thanks to President Barack Obama, (and the exit of George Bush) North America is now the world's region with the highest approval rating of its leaders.

In Latin America, Lula and Colombia’s Alvaro Uribe who got 69% are followed by Mexico's Felipe Calderon (68%) and Antonio Saca (66%) from El Salvador, with ratings considered outstanding in spite of the fact that the Mexican leader's party PAN is forecasted to be considerably weakened in the coming July mid term elections and Mr. Saca's party Arena, lost to the opposition in the recent presidential election.

The list follows with the names of those leaders in the "high rating," between 55% and 65% support and includes Ecuador's Rafael Correa 60%; United States's Barack Obama 61%; Fernando Lugo from Paraguay 60%; Chile's Michelle Bachelet 59% and Evo Morales, Bolivia 58%. The outstanding position belongs to Ms Bachelet who has managed to recover from a serious prolonged downturn.

The so called "medium rating," from 40% to 55% includes three presidents from Central America, Costa Rica's Oscar Arias (49%); Panama's Omar Torrijos (48%) and Guatemala's Alvaro Colon (45%), plus Tabare Vazquez, from Uruguay with a perceived performance approval of 53%. In this group Mr. Arias climbed five percentage points from the previous reading.

The "low rating" ranging between 35 and 40% has Dominican Republic president Leonel Fernandez with 38%; Daniel Ortega from Nicaragua 38% and a significant rebound, and Peru's Alan Garcia, 34%. Finally the "lowest rating" is for Mrs. Kirchner in Argentina (29%) and Mr. Zelaya from Honduras (25%).

The Mitofsky report also includes seven out of the region leaders with their perceived performances ratings according to the following order: Primer Minister Kevin Rudd from Australia, 70%; Silvio Berlusconi, Italy 56%; Donald Tsang, Hong Kong 55%; Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Spain 50%; Nicholas Sarkozy, France 38%; UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown 36% and Philippines Gloria Macapagal Arroyo 26%.

Mitofsky points out that the recompilation of data must be interpreted as a measure of each country's public opinion perceived performance of their leaders and results of their policies and that it is a limited assessment since it can't totally measure efficiency and achievements of the different administrations.

The Mexican pollster also underlines that they consider themselves entirely responsible for the data on Mexico, since in the rest of the continent the work was done with local pollsters, with whom they agreed on the data methodology and assessment techniques.

Mitofsky points out that those interviews were done between November 2008 and March 2009, according to the different countries, but it does not explain why Venezuela and Canada were not included in the report.

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  • forrest allen brown

    SHELLY
    i know where belize is but ti si not on the list above

  • Shelly1

    on Belieze
    [quote]they had an English influence[/quote]

    Just noticed, it was a little more than an influence… 😀

  • Shelly1

    Al mula bin lula and popularity contest
    He behaves as if he is in high school, this popularity contest is really ridiculous–typical!

    He should try to find a solution for the country’s poverty and underfunded schools. That is a popularity contest worth fighting for, but we won’t see him advocating for better schools and better solutions for Brazil’s poverty.

    Lula is as popular as Chaves, Morales, and Castro. However, he doesn’t have the balls to defend Brazilian interest in their soil or even get Castro to listen to his gibberish.

  • Shelly1

    Belize
    Forrest,

    You are wrong, Belize is considered Latin even though they had an English influence. In Belmopan, English is widely spoken, but not by every else. English is the official language, but look at the percentage!

    I love Belize, especially the diving sites. Belize has the second largest coral reef system in the world!

    Here from the CIA factbook:
    Definition Field info displayed for all countries in alpha order
    Spanish 46%, Creole 32.9%, Mayan dialects 8.9%, English 3.9% (official), Garifuna 3.4% (Carib), German 3.3%, other 1.4%, unknown 0.2% (2000 censu

  • João da Silva

    VinnyCarioca
    [quote]Good thing he is naturally a humble man. [quote]

    Very humble man indeed, my dear fellow. You are an astute youngster, if I am allowed to say so. 😉 😀 😛

  • VinnyCarioca

    Hackneyed
    Wouldn’t you know it…..another article about Lula’s popularity. Good thing he is naturally a humble man. 😀

  • forrest allen brown

    where is Belize
    they just dont count or
    is it that they are not of the latino
    origin ?????

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