Weekly Report - 20 October 2022 (WR-22-42)

Boric’s slump deepens

Chile’s President Gabriel Boric delivered an address from the La Moneda palace on 18 October to mark the third anniversary of the ‘Estallido Social’ protests. Boric, who freely admits he would never have been elected if it were not for the protests, argued that the day was not “an anti-capitalist revolution or a pure wave of violence but an expression of pain and the fractures within our society to which politics has not been able to find a response”. The public does not appear to have concluded that his government has found the response either. An opinion survey released shortly before Boric’s address suggested deepening public disillusionment with his performance since he took office in March this year as his approval rating fell beneath 30% for the first time.

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