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Chávez is the most unpopular Latin American ruler, survey says

Colombia's Álvaro Uribe (right) ranked first in the list of domestic approval with 85 percent (File Photo)

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According to the Ibero-American Governance Barometer 2008, conducted by the Ibero-American Consortium of Market Research and Consulting and published by Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, Hugo Chávez is the most unpopular president for people in the region, with a 26 percent support.

Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was rated as the ruler with the best international image, while Colombian President Álvaro Uribe was selected as the president in Ibero-America with the highest support in his own country.

According to El Tiempo, Lula is the most popular ruler among Ibero-American people (53.8 percent), followed by Chile's Michelle Bachelet (45.9 percent), and Mexico's Felipe Calderón (45.6 percent).

Colombia's Álvaro Uribe ranked first in the list of domestic approval with 85 percent, followed by Brazil's Lula da Silva and Uruguay's Tabaré Vásquez (67 percent each), and Hugo Chávez (54 percent).