December 20, 2006

The Santa Cruz Effect on the Popularity of Evo

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Evo Morales has lost in popularity due to the media luna's actions. The media luna is the Eastern region of Bolivia, made up by Pando, Beni, Santa Cruz and Tarija. It is called that way because of its likeness to a half moon.

However, it is still a respectable 62%. Not many presidents can show off such political luxury. What is interesting is that more women (37%) disapprove than men (30%). It boggles my mind to think that Morales is becoming less appealing to women. Could it be because he is not paying enough attention to women's issues? or perhaps women see the current polarization and the latest violent acts in a more negative way than men? or maybe the women in Santa Cruz make up the difference.

The survey was conducted in what Bolivians call the eje troncal (or central axis). This means the three most important and largest cities in Bolivia, La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz, plus the satellite city of El Alto.