(posted April 20, 6:30 p.m.)- President Daniel Ortega, who used to rank as one of the least popular presidents in the hemisphere, has shot up in the rankings to no.4 in the Americas, according to a regional popularity poll published today by Mexican firm Consulta Mitofsky.
The poll, which ranks the relative popularity of 19 presidents in the Americas based on each leaders’ domestic polling numbers, shows Ortega has increased his popularity in Nicaragua by 19 percentage points in the past seven months, reaching a 61% approval rating for a fourth place rank in the hemisphere.
In the previous Consulta Mitofsky poll, Ortega was ranked 14th out of 19 presidents.
In first place is Ecuador’s Rafael Correa, with an 81% approval rating, followed by Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos, 67%, and El Salvador’s Mauricio Funes, 65%.
In the cellar is Costa Rica’s President Laura Chinchilla. Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli has also plummeted from the top of the list to antepenultimate.
The full ranking is:
1. Ecuador- Rafael Correa
2. Colombia- Juan Manuel Santos
3. El Salvador- Mauricio Funes
4. Nicaragua- Daniel Ortega
5. Perú- Ollanta Humala
6. Brasil- Dilma Rousseff
7. Venezuela- Hugo Chávez
8. Argentina- Cristina Fernández
9. República Dominicana- Leonel Fernández
10. México- Felipe Calderón
11. Estados Unidos- Barack Obama
12. Honduras- Porfirio Lobo
13. Paraguay- Fernando Lugo
14. Uruguay- José Mujica
15. Canadá- Stephen Harper
16. Bolivia- Evo Morales
17. Panamá- Ricardo Martinelli
18. Chile- Sebastián Piñera
19. Costa Rica- Laura Chinchilla