Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos’s approval rating has sunk to 24 percent, with an urban approval rating dipping to just 13 percent according to a March 2016 YanHaas poll. Santos, who began his first term with a 75 percent approval rating in August 2010, faces growing opposition during a time of low oil prices, high inflation, and a controversial peace agreement in the works.
The approval rating for Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa fell from 60 percent in January 2015 to 41 percent by December, as mentioned in La Hora on 29 December 2015. The “Hechos y Personajes 2015” poll by Cedatos also showed Correa is the personality most Ecuadorans would burn in effigy as part of the traditional year-end ritual. The ire against Correa also shows the pessimism of the three out of five respondents who feel the country is heading in the wrong direction. The poll concluded anti-government protests organized by opposition forces were the most important political news story of 2015. Aside from political strife, Correa faced a weakening economy resulting partly due to the strengthening U.S. dollar and plummeting earnings from oil sales. Yet, El Comercio reported on 31 December 2015 that Central Bank Director Diego Martinez said the Ecuadoran economy has not fallen into recession in 2015.