Colombia's Uribe Approval Rating at Record 80%, Tiempo Reports
By Helen Murphy
Jan. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Colombian President Alvaro Uribe's approval rating rose to a record 80 percent in January from 74 percent in November, El Tiempo newspaper reported, citing a Gallup Colombia poll.
Uribe's approval rating may have increased as Colombians rallied behind him amid verbal attacks from Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez and over his management of the release of two hostages by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, El Tiempo reported Gallup director Jorge Londoño as saying.
Gallup Colombia interviewed 1,000 citizens in Colombia's four main cities between Jan. 17 and Jan. 19. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points in Bogota, the daily newspaper said.