Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his US counterpart Donald Trump are the most disapproved of political leaders in Colombia, according to a poll.
Neither of the controversial foreign leaders — who have been at odds with each other — can’t count on much sympathy in the South American country.
According to Gallup Colombia, Maduro’s disapproval rating reached 96% while that of Trump stands at 74%.
National leaders also unpopular
Their abysmal approval rating puts the Americas’ most polemic hotheads ahead of President Juan Manuel Santos, whose approval rating at home increased to 35%. Almost 60% of Colombians disapprove of their outgoing leader.
Santos’ successor, President-elect Ivan Duque, can count on the approval of 56% of the population, which is considerably less than Santos’ 80% approval rating after his initial election in 2010.
Duque’s political patron, former President Alvaro Uribe, continues to lose popularity, according to Gallup. Nevertheless, 43% of Colombians still say they see him favorably despite an ongoing homicide investigation and repeated rape accusations. The majority of people, 57%, disapprove of their hard-right former president.
Also Gustavo Petro, the former guerrilla who unsuccessfully challenged Duque ahead of the elections last month, has a high disapproval rating. While 43% of Colombians said they saw him favorably, 49% said they disapprove of him.
Moderates take the lead
Colombia’s most popular politicians
- Antanas Mockus (68%)
- Sergio Fajardo (67%)
- Ivan Duque (56%)
- Humberto de la Calle (55%)
- Marta Lucia Ramirez (54%)
Now that the elections that were dominated by polarization and fear-mongering are over, Colombians seem to have become considerably less negative about the future.
According to Gallup, 18% of Colombians said they believed the country was moving in the wrong direction. This was 68% in April when the election race was in full force.