Duque’s approval rating sinks to new record low: Gallup

President Ivan Duque (Image: President's Office)

The disapproval rating of Colombia’s President Ivan Duque continued to rise and reached a new record high at 71%, pollster Gallup said Thursday.

The suspension of the protests until March and Duque’s vow to attend public concern have done the president no good as also his approval rating reached 23%, a new personal record.

Duque’s approval rating

Source: Invamer / Gallup

The president’s public image may have been damaged by recent election fraud accusations made by a fugitive politician who was arrested in Venezuela last month.

The all-time record low is currently held by one of Duque’s political patrons, former President Andres Pastrana, whose approval rating reached 19% in 2001 after failed peace talks with the now-demobilized FARC guerrillas.

Colombia’s pessimism

“A public official is one that serves the public.” (Image: Jorge Calle)

The main force that appears to be pushing up disapproval for Duque is persistent pessimism about the economy, public security and the crisis caused by mass migration from Venezuela.

Only 13% of Colombians are optimistic about the future of the country.

The perceived deterioration of public security significantly affected the approval ratings of the relatively unknown commanders of the Armed Forces, General Luis Navarro, and the National Police, General Oscar Otehortua, who saw job disapproval go up from 13% to 17% and 11% to 22% respectively since December.

The disapproval rating of Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo went up slightly from 31% to 32%.

Duque’s propaganda strategy futile

Duque’s propaganda chief Hassan Nassar (Image: Caracol Radio)

Duque has been persistent in maintaining policies that are widely rejected by Colombians and fueled the anti-government protests in November last year.

Instead, the president has been experimenting with different propaganda strategies and recently replaced his propaganda chief to improve his public image, but apparently without result.

Almost a month before a new national strike is scheduled, support for peaceful protests continues to be high at 95% while the president’s job approval rating continues to drop.

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