According to a poll conducted by Poliarquía for La Nación, an overwhelming percentage of Argentines believe the country isn’t doing well; however, most think that the situation will improve. The study was conducted during the first half of June and polled 1,008 people around the country. Let’s take a look at some of the most revealing statistics.
According to the study, only 19 percent of Argentines think the country’s current situation is “positive,” 42 percent see it as “negative” and 39 percent as “regular” (i.e. still not great). Out of those 39 percent who believe the country’s situation hasn’t improved, 73 percent believe President Mauricio Macri’s administration is not to blame, but rather, that the former Kirchner administration is. This theory, called the “K [Kirchner] Inheritance,” posits that the new administration received or “inherited” a “poor” and “dismantled” State from the former Kirchner administration due to economic mismanagement and corruption. A full-out two-thirds of the 42 percent who see the country’s current state as “negative” blame the Macri administration.
The Macri administration’s decision to get rid of currency controls (leading to inflation) coupled with vast increases in utility bills have put a dent in Argentines’ purchasing power and has led to widespread dissatisfaction.
The study goes on to say that the Macri administration’s approval rate fell from 71 percent to 56 percent since taking office. Meanwhile, the disapproval rate rose from 25 percent to 43 percent in the same time period.
But it’s not all bad news for the administration: 58 percent of people polled said they trust the nation’s situation will improve once the short-term effects of Macri’s austerity measures are done with and the country has a clear path towards growth. 15 percent, however, believe things will stay the same and 24 percent believe things will do nothing but keep going downhill.
“This is one of the largest gaps [between current approval ratings and people’s expectations for the future] we’ve ever seen. It’s hard to believe things will be like this another semester: either the evaluation about the present will improve, or expectation will drop,” analyzed Poliarquía director Alejandro Catterberg, when consulted by La Nación.