What do Argentines share with the Lebanese besides for Francophilia and nonpareil meat consumption?

High levels of political dread, the Pew reports.

In a study of developing nations, Latin American countries were found to have the second-highest levels of political discontent. A median 59 percent of respondents claimed their systems were not working well. To echo the sentiments of many an Argentine, es un quilombo!

Latin America surpassed the strife-torn sub-Sahara (50%) yet narrowly trailed the Middle East (61%), which came in at number one. The contrary was true, however, for developing Asian nations, where a median 60 percent actually felt satisfied with governmental performance. What’s their secret?

Argentina reported the third highest levels of disenchantment in Latin America at a dismaying 68 percent. This wedges Argentina just behind Brazil (71%) and Colombia (75%). Nicaragua (32%) and El Salvador (45%) were the region’s anomalies.

Though such news may prompt chagrin for Latin Americans and lovers thereof, rates soared nowhere nearly as high as they did in Lebanon. The nominal pearl of the Levant reported a rate of 90 percent dissatisfaction, the greatest of any nation polled. A woeful 55 percent described feeling “very dissatisfied.” There go my reveries of tabbouleh on the balmy Mediterranean whilst I endure this calor porteño

Chief among political concerns was income inequality. Specifically, 64 percent of all respondents felt that higher-income people wave too much political power. This was most prominent in Latin America, where a median 74 percent shared this sentiment. Though still high at 64 percent, Argentina fared comparatively well in the region regarding inequality concerns. Colombians (83%), Peruvians (81%) and Brazilians (79%) scored highest in claiming their rich held too much sway.

This survey by the Pew Research Center was conducted in 34 countries with a total of 38,620 respondents from March 17 to June 5, 2014.

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