86.8 % of those polled responded that they approve of Bukele’s work in power, 9.1 % disapprove.

Nayib Bukele, president of El Salvador (Photo: Reuters).

EFE: Approximately 87% of Salvadorans approve of President Nayib Bukele’s performance at the end of his third year in office, according to a survey by the Research Unit of La Prensa Gráfica (LPG Datos) published on Wednesday.

The media pointed out that 86.8 % of the respondents answered that they approve Bukele’s work in power, 9.1 % disapprove, while 4.1 % did not answer.

“Bukele arrives at the close of his third year in office with a high approval rating, driven by a policy of delivering direct aid, his alleged good handling of the pandemic and the recent wave of captures in the midst of an exception regime,” the media outlet noted in a publication.

It added that “little dent has been made in his popularity by his authoritarian drift, and the unconstitutional seizure of all public power, which includes opening the way to his consecutive reelection”.

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According to the opinion poll, the approval of the president, who has not clarified if he will seek reelection enabled by the magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) appointed by his allies in Congress, is 1.7 percentage points “higher than six months ago”, but 5.7 points lower than at the end of the first year.

He indicated that “the information suggests that the president’s image has eroded very little, despite his actions against democratic institutionality, his clashes with the United States, the adoption of an unpopular measure such as the use of bitcoin and the approaches of one of two of his officials with gangs”.

The citizens consulted indicated that among the “failures” of the administration are “the implementation of bitcoin as currency, the increase in the price of the basic food basket, the situation of the economy and the application of the exception regime”.

Said regime, which according to the same media has an approval of 74 % of the population, was approved for one month and extended for two more after a wave of murders registered at the end of March.

A journalistic investigation by El Faro indicates that the murder of 87 people occurred after the alleged breaking of a pact between the government and the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) gang. The Bukele administration has remained silent on the accusation.

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For the survey, 1,448 people were interviewed through home visits throughout the country between May 18 and 25, it has a margin of error of 2.6% and a confidence level of 95%.