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Study Says Two-Thirds of Colombians Disapprove of President Santos


Bogotá, September 7 (teleSUR-RHC)-- About 64 percent of Colombians disapprove of the administration of President Juan Manuel Santos, a new study has revealed. Less than a third approve of the leader.

According to the Gallup Poll research, in which 1,200 Colombians in Bogota, Medellin, Cali, Barranquilla and Bucaramanga were surveyed in August,  65 percent of interviewees thought things were getting worse in the country, while only 21 percent believed them to be improving.

The areas of international relations, assistance to the elderly, the fight against poverty, support for the countryside and farming, reintegration of demobilized militants, employment, drug trafficking, the environment, management of the economy, and quality health care, were all regarded negatively by the participants.

The study showed that the Colombian public have little faith in the peace process, with 58 percent do not believe the current peace dialogue will bring an end to the violence between the government and the guerrilla group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

In spite of overall feeling of negativity conveyed in the report, Santos has actually recovered two points in his popularity since last June when the pollster carried out the same study.

He came out well in the fields of construction of homes, education, transport, and childhood assistance. 
Edited by Ivan Martínez
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