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Popularity of Peru’s president drops by 8 % (Picture: El Comercio)

Popularity of Peru’s president drops by 8 %

First corruption scandal takes its toll


According to the newest survey of Ipsos, an independent leading marketing and research company, published in the Peruvian daily El Comercio this Sunday, the popularity rating of Peru’s president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) dropped 8 percent points in October.

After winning the elections against Keiko Fujimori only by a narrow margin in June and taking office at the end of July, PPK could increase his approval ratings in September to 63%.

But the first corruption scandal under PPK’s leadership has taken its toll. After audio recordings were made public indicating that Carlos Moreno, former health adviser to the president, developed a scheme to rip off the public health system (SIS) for personal benefit, the 78-year-old head of state had to take action. Moreno was asked for his resignation and the case transferred to the prosecutor’s office.

But even though most Peruvians approve of measures taken by PPK and his government regarding the possible corruption case, the president’s approval ratings dropped to 55% according to the Ipsos poll while 27% disapprove and 18% didn’t share their opinion.

At the same time 53% of those participating in the survey approve of the work of the new Peruvian government, while 33% disapprove and 14% abstained.

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