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Gustavo Petro in the Colombian region of Catatumbo, El Tarra, Norte de Santander. Twitter of @petrogustavo.
Gustavo Petro in the Colombian region of Catatumbo, El Tarra, Norte de Santander. Twitter- @petrogustavo.

Gustavo Petro kicks off his government with a 56% approval rating

The results of an Invamer poll were published on Wednesday, Aug. 31. The president of Colombia is enjoying a good start.

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One thousand two hundred people were surveyed and asked whether they approved or disapproved of Colombian President Gustavo Petro's performance so far. Fifty-six percent of them indicated that they approved of the head of state's performance, while 20% disapproved.

Although it is normal for presidents to start with favorable numbers in polls, the case of Petro is striking because his initial approval is higher than that of Juan Manuel Santos' second term, and that of Iván Duque.

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For the administration of Duque, the first Invamer survey only had him at 40% approval. Throughout all four years of the former president's term, the highest percentage he ever achieved was 52%, for how he faced the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During most of his presidency, he remained below 40% approval and had results of 18% and 20% in his last year.

Francia Márquez, vice-president of the country has a favorability of 54% and an unfavorability of only 18 %.

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