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(12/31/07) -

Positive Rating for Argentina’s Cristina Kirchner

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many Argentine adults hold positive views on the performance of their president, according to a poll by OPSM published in Página 12. 57.8 per cent of respondents rate the start of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s tenure as good or very good.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many Argentine adults hold positive views on the performance of their president, according to a poll by OPSM published in Página 12. 57.8 per cent of respondents rate the start of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s tenure as good or very good.

In October, Fernández de Kirchner won the presidential election with 44.9 per cent of the vote as the candidate for the Front for Victory (FV). On Dec. 10, Fernández de Kirchner succeeded her husband, Néstor Kirchner, as Argentina’s head of state. The outgoing president was praised for fostering an economic recovery after a major crisis in 2002. Fernández de Kirchner has vowed to address poverty and carry on with her husband’s fiscal policies.

On Dec. 12, Thomas Mulvihill, an assistant U.S. attorney, accused the government of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez of funnelling money into Argentina to support Fernández de Kirchner’s presidential bid in 2007. The comment was related to the case of Guido Antonini, an American-Venezuelan businessman who was searched by customs officials while entering Argentina with a suitcase containing $800,000 U.S. in cash. Antonini, who was travelling from Venezuela, was accompanied by several Argentine officials from the Planning Ministry.

Earlier this month, five men were indicted in the U.S. on charges of acting as illegal agents of Venezuela. The men are accused of pressuring Antonini to conceal "the source and destination of, and the role of the government of Venezuela in, the attempted delivery" of the $800,000 U.S. According to Mulvihill, one of the men indicted—Franklin Duran—has said the money was intended to fund Fernández de Kirchner’s campaign. The current president has steadfastly denied the allegations.

On Dec. 28, Elisa Carrió—who finished in second place in the last presidential election—criticized Fernández de Kirchner, saying, "Her embraces with the Venezuelan president suggest a very close relationship, and if people say she is intelligent and informed, not knowing about this case is impossible."

Polling Data

How would you rate the start of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner as president?

Very Good / Good

57.8%

Average

25.4%

Bad / Very Bad

5.3%

Source: Opinión Pública, Servicios y Mercados (OPSM) / Página 12
Methodology: Face-to-face interviews to 1,100 Argentine adults, conducted in December 2007. No margin of error was provided.