After months of declining approval ratings managing the emergency response efforts in regard to the extreme rains, floods and landslides that hit the country for weeks have paid off for the Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and his ministers.
According to the latest Pulso Peru by Datum poll the Head of State could regain some confidence from Peruvians. After losing 30% in the last 7 months, his approval ratings now saw an increase of 10% compared to the previous month reaching 45%. 51% of those surveyed think that the Peruvian president is leading the emergency response efforts.
Traveling to the disaster-hit areas, implementing emergency measures and communicating with the public not only had a positive effect on the approval ratings of the Peruvian president. His ministers as well could gain ground.
Approval ratings for Prime Minister Fernando Zavala increased by 11% to 38%, for Alfredo Thorne, Peruvian Minister of Economy, by 8% to 33% and for the Minister of Interior Carlos Basombrio, by 6% to 31%.
The Minister of Health Patricia Garcia could as well score higher and reached an approval rating of 31 % (up 11%), so did Marilu Martens with 34% (up 6%).
Those participating in the survey were as well asked how other entities performed during the natural disaster. 85% of the interviewees stated that the fire departments, by the way all volunteers in Peru, did an excellent / good job; 77% approved of the efforts of the Peruvian Armed Forces and 76% of the Peruvian National Police. On the other hand those surveyed weren’t happy with the work of the regional governments and mayors. 50 % / 56% felt they did a poor job.
While 88% of the interviewees stated that the government wasn’t and still isn’t prepared for such natural disasters and 82% think that local authorities did nothing to prevent such a disaster, it is interesting to see that most Peruvians themselves don’t take precautions.
65% of those surveyed stated that they don’t have a supply of food and water at home in the case of an emergency, 73% haven’t thought of identifying evacuation zones before a possible disaster and 68% don’t have a drainage system for rainwater in their house, even though 71% live in an area at risk of flooding.
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