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Chile's President Boric Faces Approval Plunge, Kast Leads in Preferences

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Chile's President Boric Faces Approval Plunge, Kast Leads in Preferences

Chile's President, Gabriel Boric, is facing a significant drop in approval ratings, with the latest Pulso Ciudadano survey indicating a dip to 27.1%. In contrast, his disapproval rating has seen a sharp rise to 58.8%. Amidst this backdrop of shifting public sentiment, the same survey reveals that former presidential candidate José Antonio Kast is taking the lead in presidential preferences with an 18.1% approval rate.

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Public Favor Swings Towards Other Figures

Other notable figures featuring in the survey results include Evelyn Matthei, Sebastián Piñera, Michelle Bachelet, Camila Vallejo, Carolina Tohá, Franco Parisi, and Marco Enríquez-Ominami. The public's support for these leaders fluctuates, indicating an uncertain political landscape in Chile.

Chile's Primary Concerns

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Among the most pressing issues identified by the survey respondents, delinquency tops the list with 49.3%, followed by immigration concerns at 25.8%. Inflation and rising prices are major worries for 21.6% of the respondents while corruption and drug trafficking concern 21.1% and 20.2% respectively.

Economic Struggles

More than half of the respondents perceive the economic situation in Chile as bad or very bad. A significant 48.5% of households report that their income is insufficient to cover monthly expenses, with a mere 10.6% managing to save. The survey also highlights a worrying statistic: 42.6% of households have experienced theft or attempted theft in the past three months.

Despite these economic and societal challenges, 43.3% of Chilean citizens report feeling very happy or happy with their lives in general, showcasing the resilience of the Chilean spirit amidst adversity.

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