Poll: Humala’s Approval Rating Down to 48 Percent

President Ollanta Humala’s approval rating has slipped below 50 percent for the first time since taking office, according to a recent poll released in the Gestion business daily on Friday.

The polling company, Datum, said that Humala has a 48 percent approval rating in December, down nine points from November and the high of 70 percent in September.

Datum said that in southern Peru, where Humala had some of the strongest support during this year’s election, rejection of the president has risen to 44 percent from 29 percent.

The rise in Humala’s disapproval rating follows recent social conflicts against Newmont Mining’s $4.8 billion Minas Conga copper and gold project in Cajamarca region, as well as corruption allegations against some high-level government officials.

Datum said that 40 percent of those polled were in favor of Humala’s sudden cabinet shuffle on Sunday, which included the appointment of Oscar Valdes as chief of cabinet.

The poll also found that the approval of Daniel Abugattas, a close Humala ally and president of Congress, declined to 34 percent from 37 percent.

Lima Mayor Susana Villaran’s approval rating was down slightly at 16 percent, from 18 percent.

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