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Argentines Confidence in Government Rises Most in 20 Months

September 28, 2011

(Updates with details of poll in third paragraph.)

Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Argentines’ confidence in their government rose the most in 20 months in September, according to a survey released by Torcuato Di Tella University in Buenos Aires.

Confidence in President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s administration jumped 18 percent from August to a reading of 2.64 on a scale of zero to five. The increase is the biggest since a 21 percent gain in January 2010. The index rose 49 percent from a year earlier, according to the poll.

About 65 percent of those surveyed said Fernandez, who is running for a second term in Oct. 23 presidential elections, is facing up to the country’s problems or knows how to resolve them, 13 percentage points more than in August, according to the Sept. 1 to Sept. 9 poll of 1,200 people. The survey, conducted by Poliarquia Consultores on behalf of the Buenos Aires-based University, had a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points.

Fernandez, 58, who succeeded her late husband Nestor Kirchner as President in December 2007, received 50.2 percent of votes in an open primary held on Aug. 14. Under her government, South America’s second-biggest economy has expanded an average 5.6 percent per year.

About 52 percent of people surveyed said they have a good opinion of the government, eight percentage points more than in August, while 45 percent said they think the government is efficient in its management of public spending, seven points more than last month.

--Editors: Richard Jarvie, Philip Sanders

To contact the reporter on this story: Eliana Raszewski in Buenos Aires at eraszewski@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Goodman at jgoodman19@bloomberg.net.


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