Argentine President Cristina Kirchner’s approval rating has declined to 47% from 54% a month ago, according to a survey published Friday in newspaper La Nacion. The poll, which is conducted on a monthly basis by Consultora Poliarquía, also indicates that the percentage of people who view Mrs. Kirchner unfavorably has risen to 19% from 15% a month earlier. Even so, Mrs. Kirchner remains the nation’s third-most popular politician, behind her husband and the one-armed Buenos Aires Province Governor Daniel Scioli.
This represents a seven point decline in the president’s image from mid February. Mrs. Kirchner’s positive ratings have declined as people have become more concerned about inflation and its impact on the economy, according to Poliarquía. The consulting firm said Argentines expect inflation to total around 27% over the next year. Last year at this time Argentines expected inflation for the upcoming year to total 13.5%.
*Scioli is a former world champion motor boat racer. In 1989, while he was well on his way to becoming one of the sport’s leading champions, his boat was overturned in an accident during a race along the Paraná River in Argentina. The accident cost him his right arm. In 1991 he went on to win the Super Boat World Championship in the U.S. Since then he has been one of Argentina’s most popular personalities.