SANTIAGO, Chile – The approval rating of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is rebounding after plunging to its worst level since she took office in March 2014, the South American country's most influential pollster said Wednesday.
The latest survey by pollster CEP said Bachelet's overall approval rose 2 percentage points to 24 percent in November from the previous survey in August.
Bachelet was once one of the world's most popular politicians and ended her 2006-10 administration with an approval rate of 84 percent. But in her second presidency, her popularity has been dented by an influence-peddling scandal involving her family.
In the poll, 64 percent of respondents said they don't trust Bachelet, while 66 percent said she lacks the leadership to confront crisis situations.
Since taking office for a second time, Bachelet has also had to deal with a drought in the south, floods in the northern desert, an earthquake and two volcanic eruptions.
Her government also has struggled to fulfill promises for ambitious reforms amid slowing economic growth and record-low prices and waning global demand for copper, Chile's top export.
The poll surveyed 1,449 people between Nov. 4 and Dec. 6. It has an error margin of 3 percentage points.