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The leader of Guatemala resigned this month, many Brazilians want to impeach their president, and Ecuador’s commander in chief has faced protests all year. Such political turmoil matches the results of a poll released by Latinobarómetro showing that the approval rating for Latin America leaders has dropped to 47% on average from 60% in 2009. The research firm, which surveyed 20,000 people in 18 countries, credits the downturn to the relatively turbulent economic conditions that have taken hold across the region now that the commodities boom is over and the price of exports like oil, nickel, and copper have plummeted. “The era with presidents who could fix things with a magical touch isn’t around anymore,” Latinobarómetro director Marta Lagos told the Wall Street Journal.

Jared Wade

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