Nayib Bukele Approval Rating. 90% approval in the latest survey!

By Eddie Galdamez  | Updated on Feb 3rd, 2023
Nayib Bukele Approval Rating
President Nayib Bukele.

President Nayib Bukele approval rating is over 75%; it is the highest approval any Salvadoran president has ever maintained while in office. Bukele is regarded as one of the world leaders with high domestic support; he has maintained an approval rating of over 75 percent since taking office on June 1st, 2019.

How popular is Nayib Bukele? Despite negative perceptions and condemnations from outside El Salvador, Nayib Bukele is one of the most popular presidents in Salvadoran history; domestically, his approval ratings generally stay at over 75 percent.

All 2023 Surveys

Date Entity Rating/Score
January 2, 2023 CID Gallup
Job as Presidents
90% Approval
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January 19th, 2023 UCA
2022 job approval
8.37 out of 10.
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Nayib Bukele Approval Rating
Taking a selfie with the president. Image by @SecPrensaSV

Why is Nayib Bukele so popular?

President Nayib Bukele is popular in El Salvador due to the improved security the country has achieved since he took office; President Bukele has turned a country known for high levels of violence into one of the safest in Latin America.

Despite being called an authoritarian president by human rights organizations and the opposition, you can not argue against the fact that El Salvador’s security has drastically improved under the Bukele administration.

A clear example of this improved security is the country’s homicide rate. When Bukele took office in June 2019, El Salvador’s homicide stats were 6.6 murders per day and 36 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.

By 2021, the country’s homicide rate had been lowered to 3.1 daily murders and 17.5 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants; recent stats show that the country’s homicide rate will drop even more in 2022.

Even though the US Government and El Faro online newspaper claim that the reduction in homicides is due to a secret negotiation between the Bukele administration and gangs, Bukele’s popularity remains high.

A September 2022 survey by the Francisco Gavidia University asked: Do you think the current government has negotiated with gangs? 49.40% responded no, and only 13.20% said yes. 32.80% said they were unsure, and 4.60% did not respond. Only a few Salvadorans believe the Bukele administration has negotiated with gangs.

Over the last 30 years, Salvadorans have known that violence was a part of the country’s daily life. However, under Bukele, that perception has changed; therefore, the president’s popularity remains.

Can Bukele continue to maintain this high approval rating?

Yes, President Bukele can continue to maintain his high approval ratings; an awful political opposition, the population’s resentment towards traditional political parties, and an excellent marketing machine by Nayib Bukele are some reasons why it could happen.

To begin with, Nayib Bukele does not have a political opposition. Bukele destroyed 30 years of two-party dominance by the traditional political parties FMLN and ARENA. The opposition has not been able to find a charismatic leader that can compete with President Bukele’s popularity.

Then there are the resentment Salvadorans feel towards the traditional political parties and the administrations that, for over 20 years, couldn’t control the country’s violence and stole millions of dollars from public funds.

Lastly, there is the Bukele marketing machine. The president has an excellent marketing system that controls the narrative that continues to make his administration look good to Salvadorans.

If we add the low credibility that the traditional media outlets have with most Salvadorans to an awful opposition resented by most Salvadorans. So why wouldn’t President Nayib Bukele continue with high approval ratings?

Nayib Bukele Approval Rating

What interests Salvadorans is to feel safe and to have security. This is something Nayib Bukele has delivered, so for the time being, they will continue to support Nayib Bukele and give it a high approval rating.

2022 Surveys
Date Entity Rating/Score
December 12th, 2022 LPG Datos
Bukele’s Job Approval
87.8% Approval
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September 26th, 2022 UFG
Bukele’s Job Approval
8.42 out of 10
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October 18th, 2022 UCA
October survey
7.84 out of 10.
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October 13th, 2022 CID Gallup
Latin American Presidents
86% Approval
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September 30th, 2022 Fundaungo
Job Approval
89% Approval
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September 26th, 2022 UFG
Current Grade
8.08 out of 10
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July 22nd, 2022 CID Gallup
Latin American Presidents.
86% Approval
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June 1st, 2022 La Prensa Grafica
3 years in Office
86.8% Approval
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May 25th, 2022 UFC
3 years in Office
8.34 Score
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March 9th, 2022 CID Gallup
Latin American Presidents.
85% Approval
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January 26th, 2022 CID Gallup
Bukele’s job approval.
84% Approval
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January 14th, 2022 UCA
January survey
7.54 out of 10.
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2021 Surveys
Date Entity Rating/Score
December 15th, 2021 LPG Datos
2 1/2 Years in Office
85.1% Approval
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December 13th, 2021 LPG Datos
Managing pandemic
93.5% Approval
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December 1st, 2021 CID Gallup
Managing pandemic
96% Approval
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November 24th, 2021 Gavidia University
2 1/2 years in office
7.84 out of 10
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October 28th, 2021 CID Gallup
Managing pandemic
94% Approval
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September 3rd, 2021 La Prensa Grafica
Job Approval
84.7% Approval
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September 2nd, 2021 UCA
August survey
7.64 out of 10.
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August 18th, 2021 CID Gallup
Approval rate
87% Approval
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June 7th, 2021 Gavidia University
Two years in office
8.79 out of 10
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June 3rd, 2021 UCA
two years’ in-office job performance
92.1% Approval
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June 1st, 2021 La Prensa Grafica
two years’ in-office job performance
86.5% Approval
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March 11th, 2021 CID Gallup
Managing pandemic
98% Approval
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Feb 6th, 2021 CID Gallup
Managing pandemic
91% Approve
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Jan 21st, 2021 Gavidia University
Managing pandemic
8.87 score
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2020 Surveys
Date Entity Rating/Score
Dec 16th, 2020 CID Gallup
Presiden’t job approval
89% Approve
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Nov 18th, 2020 CID Gallup
Managing pandemic
96% Approve
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Oct 7th, 2020 CID Gallup
Managing pandemic
92% Approve
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Sept 14th, 2020 Gavidia University
Managing pandemic
8.67 out of 10
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July 23rd, 2020 UCA.
Management of the pandemic.
7.71 out of 10
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June 29th, 2020 CID Gallup
Managing pandemic
95% Approve
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June 6th, 2020 CID Gallup
Bukele’s job approval.
93% Approval
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May 20th, 2020 La Prensa Grafica
Managing pandemic
95.7% Approval
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April 2020 CID Gallup
Bukele’s job approval.
93% Approval
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March 2020 CID Gallup
Managing pandemic
96.7% Approval
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January 2020 Gavidia University
First 6 months in office.
8.39 out of 10
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