Infographic: First presidential approval ratings

20th February 2020

By The Essential Staff

Infographic: First presidential approval ratings

A democratic change of presidency often comes with renewed hopes for the voting population, and the rise of Alberto Fernández has been no exception.

</p> <img class="alignnone wp-image-7925" src="https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/approval.jpg" alt="Argentine presidential approval since 2016 according to the University of San Andrés" width="805" height="449" srcset="https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/approval.jpg 2500w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/approval-300x167.jpg 300w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/approval-1024x571.jpg 1024w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/approval-768x428.jpg 768w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/approval-1536x856.jpg 1536w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/approval-2048x1142.jpg 2048w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/approval-600x335.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 805px) 100vw, 805px" /> <p>The new Peronist administration opened its term with a 50 percent approval rating, significantly above Macri&#8217;s rates since early 2018. But the figure is still below that of Macri&#8217;s early years, when the end of the long Kirchnerite decade cause high expectations among Argentines, with Cambiemos&#8217; leader polling above 70 percent in his first month in charge.</p> <p>Macri&#8217;s approval hovered above 50 percent throughout 2016 and slightly below it in early 2017, but surged right in time for his party to win the country&#8217;s mid-term elections. Since Macri&#8217;s highly unpopular <a href="https://www.infobae.com/economia/2017/12/18/reforma-previsional-5-puntos-clave-para-entender-el-proyecto/">pension reform</a> in December 2017, however, the road was only downwards for the former president, and his decline deepened following the May 2018 run against the peso that was followed by a massive International Monetary Fund bailout.</p> <p>A more detailed look at Fernández&#8217;s first measurements shows that the group that strongly disapproves of him is higher than those strongly backing him. Preusmably, the hard-core anti-Kirchnerites are among the 21 percent strongly against him, while the hard-core Kirchnerites, more loyal to Vice-President Fernández de Kirchner, could be somewhat more divided on how strong their support for his presidency is. At 30 percent, the group that &#8220;somewhat approves&#8221; of Fernández is at the moment the largest one.</p> <p>Also of note is the rise in the amount of undecided respondents. 12 percent said they have no clear view of what to make of Fernández, a significant jump when compared to Macri&#8217;s late years, when less than 5 percent had made their minds up about the administration.</p> <p>

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