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LATIN AMERICA | 06-06-2023 10:50

Chilean President Boric sees approval rating jump to highest level in a year

Gabriel Boric’s approval rating rose to the highest in a year after the former student protest leader said he will insist on tax increases to fund a long list of social programmes.

Chilean President Gabriel Boric’s approval rating rose to the highest in a year after the former student protest leader said he will insist on tax increases to fund a long list of social programmes.

Roughly 41 percent of people support Boric, up from 31 percent in the previous reading, according to a weekly Cadem poll published late on Sunday. The president’s standing improved among all population segments, with double-digit increases among women, youth and the middle class.

The increasing support gives the world’s youngest leader some respite as he faces challenges including rising crime and a weak economy. The poll follows Boric’s State of the Nation address, during which he vowed to take a tax reform proposal to the Senate next month. He also said pension reform had become a national “urgency” and stressed the government’s commitment to public security.

The Cadem poll surveyed 712 people by phone between June 1-2. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

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by Matthew Malinowski, Bloomberg

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