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ARGENTINA | 17-12-2018 14:01

President Macri's approval rating jumps to 39% as year draws to a close

The new poll is the highest monthly bounce yet for Macri since he assumed office in 2015 and comes amid a recession, and with soaring inflation likely to touch close to 50% this year.

President Mauricio Macri's approval rating among Argentines is on the rise as the year draws to a close, a new survey commissioned by the La Nación newspaper has revealed.

According to a poll conducted by the Poliarquía consultancy firm for the local daily, 39 percent of voters approve of the job the president is doing, a steep seven point rise on November's tally of 32 percent.

However, the president continues to face a high level of rejection among voters, with 59 percent disapproving. That, however, is a fall from the 65 percent who responded this way last month.

The new poll is the highest monthly bounce yet for Macri since he assumed office in 2015 and comes amid a recession, a fall in purchasing power and inflation likely to touch close to 50 percent for the year.

The president registered approval ratings of around 48 percent in the first four months of the year, the pollsters pointed out, putting a subsequent fall in popularity down to the economic and monetary crisis that began in April, resulting in the stark depreciation of the peso.

Among respondents, some 44 percent identified the economy as the main problem for the government.

The survey was conducted between December 3 and 14, questioning 1,000 people with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percent.

- TIMES/AFP

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