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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Approval for Correa Slides in Ecuador

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) June 5, 2007 – Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa lost a significant amount of public support last month, according to a poll by Cedatos/Gallup. 67 per cent of respondents approve of Correa’s performance, down nine points since April.

Correa, a former finance minister, ran for president as an independent leftist under the Alliance Country (AP) banner. In November 2006, Correa defeated Álvaro Noboa of the Institutional Renewal Party of National Action (PRIAN) in a run-off with 56.69 per cent of the vote. He officially took over as Ecuador’s head of state in January. Correa’s party nominated no candidates to the National Congress.

In his inauguration speech in January, Correa expressed his support for changing the country’s Constitution. On Apr. 15, Ecuadorian citizens participated in a referendum to enact a Constituent Assembly. The president’s proposal was backed by 82 per cent of all voters. The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) has scheduled an election to choose the members of the Constituent Assembly for Sept. 30.

On Jun. 1, ahead of a bilateral meeting with Peruvian president Alan García, Correa and his counterpart said diplomatic rifts over territorial claims have effectively come to an end. García declared: "Emphatically, we affirm before the world that we have no territorial or maritime claim to make with Ecuador." Correa added: "We have the best relationship in the history of the two countries and it is our duty to make them even better."

Polling Data

Do you approve or disapprove of Rafael Correa’s performance as president?

May 2007

Apr. 2007

Mar. 2007









No opinion




Source: Cedatos/Gallup
Methodology: Face-to-face interviews with 1,236 Ecuadorian adults, conducted from May 28 to May 30, 2007. Margin of error is 5 per cent.

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