Popularity of Presidents
I was just watching Julian Assange's interview of Rafael Correa on The World Tomorrow. Besides being an interesting interview, it got me thinking about Presidential popularity. My conclusion is that how people feel about Presidents in Latin America is very different than the way it works in the US. Or, at least that is my perception.
If we look at Chávez, Chinchilla, Correa, Fernandez, Morales and others, there seems to be a significant percentage of the population that really supports them. That is, people that belive they are the best choice for the country. That doesn't mean everyone, of course, but lots.
In the case of the US, for as long as I can remember, it seems like that is not the case. Once the primaries are over, it seems that while a few people are still a real fan of a candidate, most people seem to be in the lesser of two evils camp.
Assuming my perception is not wacko, why is this the case? I can think of a lot of possibilities. Correa actually offers some ideas which support at least one of the possibilities I have thought of. But, it's time for your input.