The big three: According to a survey conducted by Colombia's

Ibero-American Consortium of Colombia, U.S. President Barack

Obama, Colombian President Álvaro Uribe and Brazil President

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva are the most popular leaders in Latin

America. But oddly enough, no mention is made of Venezuela

President Hugo Chavez, who is also rumored to be among the

hemisphere's most popular leaders.



El Tiempo, Colombia

Survey: Obama 'Most Popular Leader' in the Americas


"U.S. President Barack Obama has been ranked the most popular leader by the Ibero-American Poll of Governance, which was conducted in 20 countries of the Americas. Eighty five percent of Latin American residents in his nation support him. … in all of the countries, newly inaugurated President Obama was the winner again, who had on average 70 percent support."


Translated By Miguel Gutierrez


April 17, 2009


Colombia - El Tiempo - Original Article (Spanish)


According to the Ibero-American Poll of Governance, the least popular leader in Latin America is Argentine President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner, who entered office directly after her husband Nestor Kirchner's term ended in 2007. She garnered just 30 percent support from the people of her country in this year's survey.


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The president of the United States, Barack Obama, has been ranked the most popular leader [among Latin Americans] by the Ibero-American Poll of Governance, which was conducted in 20 countries of the Americas.


The poll was conducted by the Ibero-American Consortium and coordinated by the National Consulting Center in Bogota, which has conducted the survey since 1992.


In the case of the President Obama, 85 percent of Latin American residents in his nation support him.


Then there's [Colombian] President Álvaro Uribe, whose management 74 percent of Colombians approve of. This is just a point higher than Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.


So it is that these three chief executives arrive with the highest ratings at the Fifth Summit of the Americas, being held from Friday to Sunday at Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago. Thirty four of the continents nations are participating. Cuba is not.


Unlike the surveys conducted in previous years, of the twenty leaders people were asked about, twelve had favorability ratings above 50 percent.


"This shows there is confidence in these leaders and that today, there is real leadership in the region," said Carlos Lemoine, president of National Consulting Center, the creator of the survey.


In the most awaited event of the 5th Summit of the Americas,

President Barack Obama meets President Hugo Chavez. The

meeting, which took place on the first day of the three day

summit that ends Sunday, appears to have gone smoothly.



Those who aren't doing so well are the presidents of Nicaragua and Argentina. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has only a 35 percent approval among his people, while Argentine President Cristina Fernandez is at the bottom of the table with just 30 percent.


The results also show that in all of the countries, there was support for the leaders of other nations surveyed. And on this point, the winner again was newly inaugurated President Obama, who garnered an average of 70 percent support.


Second place went to the Brazilian president with 68.3 percent. President Uribe took sixth place with 47.8 percent, where the highest level of support came from Venezuela and Latinos in the United States.




Latin Americans believe that corruption, unemployment, the economy and security, in that order, are the central problems in the region. 



It's clear that in matters of security, 64 percent of Colombians believe President Uribe is doing things right (he leads this category). In Argentina, only 4 percent believe the same of their president [Cristina Fernandez].


And as the central theme is the economy, the survey asked Latin Americans whether the economic crisis has had an impact on their lives. Here the Nicaraguan lead the results as the most affected, with 67 percent responding that the crisis had impacted them, while in Colombia (12th place) only 42 percent agreed that it had.


Add to this that 82 percent of Latin Americans claim that their incomes had been reduced. On this point, Colombia is ranked 10th, where 61 percent said they now have fewer economic opportunities.


But despite all this, the region is optimistic. Fifty percent of Chileans believe that a year from now, their economic situation will be better than it is now. In Colombia, 45 percent believe so.


"The people of the region are as pessimistic as the media headlines would lead one to believe. People who believe in the future will do better," said Lemoine.


The survey also found that there is discrimination in Latin America. In Brazil, 72 percent of those questioned perceive discrimination against people of the Black race, while in Colombia, 47 percent think so. 


Another finding of the survey is that there is a broad confidence in the region's institutions and newspapers. In the Dominican Republic, 66 percent of respondents said that they trusted the print media, while in Colombia, 53 percent said they did.


Among the entities in which Colombians have less confidence are the banks. Only 48 percent trust them, while in Dominican Republic the figure is 76 percent.


Other indicators on the survey of nations that are lagging in this country, is trust in non-governmental organizations (35 percent), trust in Congress (22 percent) and in political parties (12 percent).


























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