What was the beginning of the year like for the presidents of the region?

Welcome to a new edition of “Image of Power”, the Legislative Directory’s monitor of presidential approval in Latin America. 

2023 ended with presidential replacements, such as Daniel Noboa in Ecuador and Javier Milei in Argentina, who have already completed their first 100 days in office, and 2024 began with the reelection of Nayib Bukele in El Salvador in early February.

What image does the new year bring back to the newly elected governments?

Bukele leads the presidential approval ratings in Latin America, having won the elections with 84.6% of the vote.
Noboa also surpassed 80 points of approval, after having declared the internal armed conflict as a response to the security crisis the country is going through.
– For his part, Milei maintained a positive image of 50%, maintaining the level of support with which he began his government, despite the rigors of economic policy and the stumbling of his proposals in Congress.

And in countries where there were no recent elections, how did the beginning of the year treat the presidents who were already in the race, some of whom are in their last months in office?

Luis Abinader had a 66% positive image in the Dominican Republic; in Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador ‘s approval rating was 65%; Rodrigo Chaves obtained 59% in Costa Rica; and Lula da Silva registered 51% in Brazil.

Below the 50% floor, Luis Lacalle Pou faces the last year of his mandate in Uruguay with 42% support, while Gustavo Petro rebounded for the first time since he took office as president of Colombia, reaching 36% approval.

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