Humala’s Approval Rating Jumps To 58 Percent In February

President Ollanta Humala’s approval rating has jumped in February to 58 percent, according to the latest opinion poll released Friday in newspaper Gestion.

Pollster Datum said that Humala, who has been in office for just over six months, increased in popularity by 8 points over January and 10 points from December.

Humala’s approval rating had slid in the final months of last year as protests erupted against Newmont Mining’s Minas Conga project and allegations of corruption amid high-ranking officials hit his new administration.

The poll also found that cabinet chief Oscar Valdes’ approval rating was down to 41 percent from 45 percent in the previous month, while the president of Congress, Daniel Abugattas, had an approval of 42 percent, up from 35 percent.

First Lady Nadine Heredia’s approval rating is at 60 percent, up from 57 percent in January.

Humala’s economic policies received a 54 percent approval rating.

“This is a very high rating if we compare it to the very pessimistic perception that exists in European nations, such as Spain, or others in Latin America,” said Datum director Manuel Torrado. “I think that Peruvians must be among the most optimistic in the world.”

The poll was taken between February 3 and 7. The poll of 1,211 people has a margin of error of 2.9%.

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