Many support talks, but few feel they will be successful

According to the most recent Gallup Poll, 72 percent of Colombians approve of the peace process initiated by President Juan Manuel Santos with the Farc guerrilla. While most people feel the Government should not negotiate with Farc and the Eln at the same time, they do believe talks with the Eln need to happen.

The survey revealed that 65 percent believe dialogue is the right method to find a solution to the armed conflict. Only 33 percent expressed support for a military solution.

Despite people’s support for talks, however, only 39 percent feels they will actually end successfully, making it clear that no amount of optimism can cure the distrust people feel towards insurgent groups that have deceived and attacked the population on so many occasions.

The President’s approval rate also went up, from 51 to 57 percent.

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