El Salvador’s anti-migration President Nayib Bukele enjoys a 94 percent public approval rating, granting him the ability to establish a foundation to repel the ongoing political offensive against his administration by President Joe Biden’s deputies who have labeled the leader of the small Central American country an authoritarian.
Bukele earned his approval rating because of how he has managed the country for the last two years, according to a fairly new independent pollster known as the Center for Social and Economic Research and Studies of Central America (or CIESCA, the acronym of the organization’s name in Spanish).
At the launch of the NGO on Monday, the self-described independent, non-partisan CIESCA unveiled the results of its political and socio-economic analysis of President Bukele’s first 2-years of his five-year presidential term.
Yorleny Quesada, a political scientist at CIESCA, indicated that President Bukele maintained high approval ratings from the population, making him the best-evaluated leader in the entire American continent.
Nevertheless, some Democrats, the Biden administration, and their U.S. mainstream media allies have deemed Bukele an authoritarian.
To the dismay of Democrats, Bukele worked with the Trump administration to limit migration from Central America. In mid-March, the Salvadoran president told Fox News the exodus of people heading north is terrible for the U.S. and worse for Latin America because it extracts the workforce vital to building the solid financial conditions that would keep them in their home country.
The Biden team’s attacks against Bukele came after his New Ideas party gained a supermajority in the Salvadoran Legislature and voted on May 1 to remove all five magistrates of the constitutional chamber of the country’s Supreme Court and the attorney general (AG).
Biden Administration officials have complained that the move amounts to democratic backsliding and have urged Bukele to reverse course, to no avail.
The Salvadoran population, including members of the country’s diaspora in the United States, has supported the move.
CIESCA conducted its survey of 1,038 Salvadorans across the country between May 10 and 14, after the ouster of the judges and attorney general.
According to the poll, 93 percent of respondents expressed a favorable opinion of the Legislative Assembly and its recent actions.
The poll also showed that 95 percent of respondents expressed approval for Bukele’s possible re-election. However, the Salvadoran Constitution does not permit consecutive re-election, previously elected presidents may run for a second, non-consecutive term.
Although the Bukele administration is reportedly exploring some constitutional reforms, officials have allegedly been emphatic that the goal is not to perpetuate the president in power.
The surveyed Salvadorans cited the fight against corruption, promoting an independent country, and creating projects of great benefit to the nation as reasons for supporting possible re-election.
The Bukele administration is likely not immune to corruption. However, the Salvadoran public believes the president is making a genuine effort to solve the problem and make the country safer to prevent people from migrating to the United States.
Many voters have credited the Salvadoran leader’s security policy with helping to bring down the endemic gang violence that plagues the country. Still, the homicide rate in the nation remains one of the highest in the world outside a war zone.
VP Harris has expressed to work more with like-minded civil society groups in Central America than the elected governments, reducing the chances of a coordinated regional response to the migrant surge at the U.S southern border as she refuses to discuss the mission Biden gave her with the presidents of El Salvador.