Public perception in Ecuador of governance, reduction of corruption, and the distribution of wealth is the highest in the region, according to a poll conducted by the non-governmental organization Latinobarometro.
The NGO conducts approximately 20,000 interviews in 18 countries throughout the region to asses public opinion in various fields such as the perception of democracy, government transparency, and satisfaction over the distribution of wealth.
President Rafael Correa shared and celebrated the results Saturday during his weekly television program saying that the results disprove the lies being told by the political opposition who claim that Ecuadoreans oppose the government.
“Despite the large campaign of the corrupt national and international press, despite the opposition (claims), in Latin America, Ecuador leads in three categories and comes in second in four categories,” said President Correa.
More than 1,000 Ecuadoreans were polled between August 10 and September 2, 2015, a period that the president described as “quite politically controversial.”
In that period, Ecuador saw multiple opposition protests, including a self-described “national strike” on August 13 that government supporters accused of trying to destabilize the government. Press coverage, both domestic and international, was generally unfavorable toward the government.
Surveys were conducted in other countries between January 15 and February 15, 2015.
According to Latinobarometro, Ecuador led in three categories: 56 percent of Ecuadoreans agreed that the government was governing for the good of all in the country, 52 percent agreed that corruption in public institutions had been reduced in the previous two years, and 49 percent of those surveyed said that the country’s wealth distribution was “just” or “very just.”
President Correa has argued that the distribution of wealth in Ecuador is still not good enough and therefore he would continue to promote two bills aimed at addressing inequality in Ecuador. In 2007, before the arrival of Correa to the presidency only 22 percent thought the distribution of wealth was just.
Ecuador also came in second place in four categories: 59 percent said there was “a lot” or “some” transparency, 41 percent said they felt economy was presently “good” or “very good” and 60 percent said they were satisfied with the functioning of democracy in their country.
"What a failure for those who always say that there is no democracy, that there is a dictatorship, that there is authoritarianism. The people say that we have a vibrant democracy," said Correa.
Only 42 percent of respondents said that the country was becoming more dangerous. This was a better response than every other country in the survey except for Nicaragua.
President Correa announced in June that several important crime indicators had shown significant drops and that this was putting the country on track to being one of the safest in Latin America.