The CELAG has carried out a quantitative study on the political, economic and pre-electoral situation in Bolivia, based on 2,000 face-to-face interviews conducted throughout the country.
The study, led by the coordinator of the Public Opinion Area of the CELAG, Leandro Caruso, took place between March 6 and 24, 2019. The survey has a margin of error between +/- 0.9 percent and +/- 2.2 percent and a confidence interval of 95 percent.
The study highlights that Evo Morales is the only candidate with a positive balance regarding his public image. Carlos Mesa is the one with the highest negative image index, in almost half of the respondents.
More than half of the respondents indicate that the next president should be honest and humble. He should also have the ability to negotiate with all sectors and in-depth knowledge of the problems of Bolivia.
The management of Evo Morales as a President receives the support of two out of three respondents. Four out of ten Bolivians consider that they have risen from a social class in this last decade.
According to the survey, the improvement of education and health should be the priority of the next president of Bolivia, as well as the construction of hospitals and schools, according to 69 percent and 65 percent of the respondents, respectively. The fight against corruption is the third preoccupation of Bolivians.
In general, positive feelings prevail over the country's political and economic situation.
Since Morales took office in 2006, he empowered rural indigenous and peasant movements that were previously on the margins of social and political life and allowed them to gain representation in elected and appointed positions as well as expanded their influence over economic and political spheres. He significantly reduced poverty in Bolivia and democratized social welfare policies.