Saturday, 24 October 2020

Happy but frustrated – that’s Costa Rica today

Future of the family economy is one of the main concerns of Costa Ricans surveyed

The answer to perhaps the most important question of all: “Are you happy?” Is a blunt “yes”, according to the latest CID-Gallup survey.

Carlos Alvarado has the worst perception among the presidents of the last 40 years

However, there is widespread concern about the performance of the public sector, at a time when thousands of public sector workers are in the midst of the longest strike in the country’s modern history.

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A large majority of Costa Ricans responded negatively to the question: “When public employees are on strike, should they receive their salary for the time they do not fulfill their obligations?”. 63% said no (they should not get paid), while 31% responded in the affirmative.

Regarding the performance of the new administration, Carlos Alvarado has the worst perception among the presidents of the last 40 years. 40% of the respondents gave Alvarado “very bad/somewhat bad” and 24% “very good/somewhat good”.

Historically negative perception
The respondents to the survey evaluated the work of the presidents of the last 40 years as follows:

  • Carlos Alvarado 2018 (the first four months): -16%
  • Luis Guillermo Solís 2014 -2018: 25%
  • Laura Chinchilla 2010 – 2014: 35%
  • Oscar Arias 2006 – 2010: 38%
  • Abel Pacheco 2002 – 2006: 38%
  • Miguel Anger Rodríguez 1998 – 2002: 15%
  • Jose Maria Figueres Olsen 1994 – 1998: 12%
  • Rafel Angel Calderón 1990 – 1994: -2%
  • Oscar Arias 1986 – 1990: 48%
  • Luis Alberto Monge 1982 – 1986: 24%
  • Rodrigo Carazo 1978 – 1982: 6%

Political Parties
The political parties are living a time of distrust, since the answer of half of the respondents to the question: “What is your favorite party?”, Is “None”.

  • None 50%
  • Liberación Nacional (PLN) 19%
  • Acción Ciudadana (PAC) 15%
  • Restauración Nacional  (PRN) 7%
  • Unidad Social Cristiana (PUSC) 6%
  • Frente Amplio (FA) 2%
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Wrong direction
Questioned on the direction of the country,  a large majority of the people – 78%  felt the country is going in the wrong direction, in contrast to only 14% who feel it is going well.

Personal happiness
On the note of personal happiness, of those surveyed, 65% said they were very happy, 23% somewhat happy, 7% little happy, and 3% not happy.

The survey was held between September 3 to 13 among 1,214 adults countrywide.

Source (in Spanish): La Republica

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