Martinelli’s Approval Rating Plummets to 43.2%

Martinelli’s Approval Rating Plummets to 43.2%

Monday, May 28 2012 @ 02:21 PM COT
Contributed by: Don Winner
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The popularity of President Ricardo Martinelli is plummeting. For the first time in almost three years in office, most Panamanians believe his work is poor. According to the latest survey by Unimer, 55.5% of respondents rated the president’s work as “poor” or “very bad.” On 13 February 2012 Martinelli signed an affidavit with thirteen notaries in which he promised he would not seek reelection in 2014. Fourteen months ago, in March 2011, in a similar poll 28.8% of respondents rated the president’s performance as “bad” or “very bad.” 43.2% of those surveyed by the firm Unimer, in a poll conducted between 7 and 20 May this year, described Martinelli’s performance as either “excellent” or “good.” This is the worst approval ratings for Martinelli since he took office. His highest approval rating was 85.9% in October 2009, just three months after taking office. 1.3% of the 1,209 people interviewed for this poll did not express any opinion.
Yesterday in Tocumen, in an activity to celebrate the fourteenth anniversary of the founding of the Democratic Change political party, President, Ricardo Martinelli, announced the plan for his party to repeat in office in the 2014 elections. Before dozens of allies and figures of his team, the president said: “We must repeat (in office) so the work being done by this administration can reach all of the people of Panama. As a party we have to get organized, because the 2014 campaign will be a difficult campaign, but we must repeat (in office),” he said over and over amid fireworks, streamers, and the applause and laughter from the audience. (Prensa)

Editor’s Comment: About the approval ratings – in this poll 55% of the people asked rated Martinelli as negative. In fact, this should be seen as excellent news for the CD and Martinelli, and these numbers exactly confirm my predictions for the 2014 elections. If the elections were held today, 55% of voters would not vote for the CD. However, that vote against will be divided between the PRD and Panameñista political parties. So, if the Panameñistas get about 14% of the vote, then the PRD will get about 41% of the vote, and that leaves 45% for the CD and a win in 2014. Also, Martinelli’s approval ratings took a 15% nosedive after August 2011, after Varela and Blandon torched the Panameñista – CD alliance. Overnight, all of the Panameñista faithful who had been saying that they liked Martinelli, then starting saying they do not. And besides, who gives a crap what Martinelli’s approval ratings are, because he won’t be running in 2014. I expect his approval ratings will start creeping back up towards the end of his term in office, once some of these infrastructure improvement projects are delivered.

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