The latest Invamer Gallup poll revealed further decline in former President Alvaro Uribe’s popularity while President Santos’ remained relatively unchanged. It also showed an increase in support for the peace process but made it obvious that polarization between ‘santistas’ and ‘uribistas’ in Colombia is growing.
For the first time since the end of his presidency, former President Alvaro Uribe saw his image fall by nine points and also hit the highest level of unpopularity with 41 percent.
Today people show more support for the peace process. 64 percent of Colombians feel the best way to resolve problems with the guerrilla is to insist on dialogue until an agreement is reached, in February that percentage was 54. Citizens are also increasingly supportive of the possibility of engaging in peace talks with the Eln guerrilla, jumping from 60 to 68 percent in just two months.
President Juan Manuel Santos’ image, meanwhile, remained relatively unchanged, increasing only slightly and still below 50 percent. Today, 47 out of every 100 Colombians have a positive image of the President, three percent more than in February.
As far as regional leaders, Mayor of Medellín Aníbal Gaviria’s image went from 54 to 55 percent, which is a positive considering it plummeted from 72 to 54 percent last time. Governor Sergio Fajardo’s image also went up a point to 72 percent.