Peruvian President Ollanta Humala’s approval rating rose to 59 percent this month after economic growth accelerated and police captured a top guerrilla, according to a new poll.
The rating rose from 54 percent in January, newspaper El Comercio reported, citing a poll by Ipsos Apoyo. The Lima-based researcher questioned 1,204 people from Feb. 22 to Feb. 24. The poll, which was commissioned by El Comercio, had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.
Humala’s rating fell 18 percentage points in the fourth quarter as the economy slowed and street protests led Newmont Mining Corp. (NEM) to suspend a $4.8 billion gold project, clouding the outlook for investment as global demand weakens.
Economic growth quickened to 6 percent in December from a year earlier after the government pumped up infrastructure spending as part of a $3.5 billion effort to offset a slowdown in private investment.
Humala, a retired army officer who took office July 28, courted investors in Madrid and at the World Economic Forum in Davos last month as he sought to spur investment in local energy and infrastructure projects.
Humala said Feb. 12 police will round up the remaining members of the Shining Path rebel group following the capture of one of its leaders two weeks ago.
Datum Internacional said Humala had a 58 percent approval rating in a poll at the beginning of this month.
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