Colombia leader's popularity plunges to 21 percent

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Associated Press

Posted on September 4, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 4 at 11:03 PM

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A poll says Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos' approval rating has plummeted 27 percentage points to its worst since he took office: 21 percent.

The Gallup poll released Wednesday was done during the week ending Monday as small farmers demanding lower fertilizer prices blocked roads across the Andean nation. On Thursday, a peaceful protest in the capital of Bogota supporting the farmers devolved into rioting in which two people were killed.

A June Gallup poll gave Santos 48 percent approval.

Both polls queried 1,200 people by phone in five cities and had an error margin of 3 percentage points.

Gallup director Jorge Londono says the last Colombian president with such low approval ratings was Andres Pastrana in 1999.

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