A poll released Monday shows that a majority of Colombians are unhappy with the Constitutional Court ruling on Friday, which prevents President Uribe running for a third term.
Semana magazine, FM and RCN radio and television conducted the survey. Of those polled, 57% said they reacted unfavorably towards the court’s decision to strike down the referendum on changing the constitution to let Uribe stand again, while 42% reacted favorably.
One out of ten people said they were surprised by the ruling. Of those surveyed, 19% said they felt “rage and pain” at the results, with 8% feeling “despair.” On the other hand, 20% said they reacted with “jubilation.”
Results were split down the middle when it came to whether Colombians agreed with the court’s decision, with 46% saying they disagreed and an equal percentage saying they agreed.
Conservative candidate Juan Manuel Santos is favored in another survey conducted by Semana magazine, leading the other candidates with 23% in voter support. Polo Democratico’s candidate, Gustavo Petro, follows with 11%, then liberal candidates Germán Vargas Lleras and Sergio Fajardo tied at third place with 9%.