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Chile President Bachelet’s Approval Rating Increases to a Record High

By Nathan Gill
April 2 (Bloomberg) -- Chilean President Michelle Bachelet’s approval rating rose to 62.2 percent in March, the highest since she took office two years ago, according to a poll published today by Santiago-based Adimark Gfk.

Finance Minister Andres Velasco’s popularity also rose, giving him a 57.1 percent backing and making him the most esteemed minister of the president’s cabinet, Adimark said. Bachelet’s approval rating was 58.5 percent in February.

About 56 percent of Chileans approve of the way the president is handling the South American country’s economy, an increase of 25 percentage points since the economic crisis began in September, Adimark said.

Adimark polled 1,020 adults by telephone between March 6 and March 31. The poll has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

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