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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Ecuadorians Split on Correa’s Performance

May 21, 2010

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - Many people in Ecuador express confidence in Rafael Correa’s leadership but opposition to his performance is equally high, according to a poll by Cedatos/Gallup. 46 per cent of respondents approve of the president’s work, up two points since March.

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.

On May 1, referring to ongoing contract re-negotiations with foreign oil corporations operating in Ecuador, Correa declared: "Companies need to understand that we are entering a new era in Ecuador and we won’t permit more abuses. We will pay what we have to pay, but we won’t let these companies impose conditions on our oil."

Polling Data

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

Apr. 2010

Mar. 2010

Feb. 2010









Source: Cedatos/Gallup
Methodology: Face-to-face interviews with 2,086 Ecuadorian adults, conducted from Apr. 12 to Apr. 16, 2010. Margin of error is 3.2 per cent.

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