(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - The popularity of Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa remains on the negative side, according to a poll by Cedatos/Gallup. 41 per cent of respondents approve of Correa’s performance, while 51 per cent disapprove of it, essentially unchanged since November.
Correa, a former finance minister, ran for president as an independent leftist under the Alliance Country (AP) banner. In November 2006, Correa won a run-off with 56.69 per cent of the vote. He officially took over as Ecuador’s head of state in January 2007. Correa’s party nominated no candidates to the National Congress.
In September 2008, Ecuadorian voters ratified a new constitution in a nationwide referendum. The draft was approved by the pro-government majority in the Constituent Assembly. Under the terms of the new constitution, Ecuador held a presidential election in April 2009. Final results gave Correa 51.95 per cent of the vote. For the first time in 30 years, the Ecuadorian presidential election did not require a run-off.
Earlier this month, Ecuadorian foreign affairs minister Fánder Falconí stepped down after Correa accused him of mishandling negotiations related to the development of oil resources.
On Jan. 21, Correa appointed Ricardo Patiño as the new head of foreign affairs, saying, "We need a person who has high levels of loyalty, not to Rafael Correa, but to the political project. Ricardo Patiño meets these conditions."
Do you approve or disapprove of Rafael Correa’s performance as president?
Methodology: Face-to-face interviews with 2,120 Ecuadorian adults, conducted from Jan. 7 to Jan. 12, 2010. Margin of error is 3.2 per cent.