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    Protesters yells slogans during a march of Argentina's National General Confederation of Labor in solidarity with striking teachers in Buenos Aires. | Photo: Reuters

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Macri has faced repeated protests over the past year against his government's neoliberal austerity agenda.

More Argentines disapprove of President Mauricio Macri than approve for the first time since he took office more than a year ago, according to a poll by consultancy Management & Fit published in local daily Clarin Sunday.

Macri's disapproval rating was 44.2 percent, compared with 40.2 percent of Argentines who approve, the poll showed, without giving the numbers from the previous survey.

Macri has ushered in a raft of market-friendly reforms that have slashed subsidies defended by his leftist predecessors.

Some 48 percent of Argentines think the economy will get worse in coming months, compared to 27 percent who think it will get better, the poll showed.

Earlier this week the country's biggest labor union federation called for a general strike on April 6 to protest neoliberal policies that it says has hurt workers and killed jobs. Tens of thousands of public and private sectors workers were laid off in the first months of Macri’s administration.

The poll of 2,000 people was conducted between March 11 and 17.

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