President Nayib Bukele’s Approval Rating! What’s Behind the President’s Popularity?

Bukele Received a Score of 8.68 Out of 10 in the Latest Iudop-UCA Survey

By Eddie Galdamez  | Updated on Jun 1st, 2024
President Nayib Bukele Approval RatingPresident Nayib Bukele.

Since becoming president in 2019, President Nayib Bukele’s approval rating has been over 75%; his approval is the highest any Salvadoran president has sustained during a presidential term. Bukele is the world leader with the highest domestic support.

Nayib Bukele’s popularity continues in 2024. His dynamic leadership, emphasis on improving security, and innovative approach to governance have resonated with the people, making him a beloved figure at home and abroad.

Despite accusations of authoritarianism and human rights violations, President Nayib Bukele has maintained an approval rating of over 75% during his entire presidency, the highest ever for a Salvadoran president.

2024 Surveys
Date Entity Rating/Score
April 15, 2024 Iudop-UCA
2nd year of State of Exception Score
8.68 out of 10
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January 17, 2024 FundaUngo
2023 Job Approval
91.2% Approval
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January 10, 2024 Iudop-UCA
2023 Job Approval
8.54 out of 10
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According to the Iudop-UCA survey, 79.6% of respondents stated that the president’s image had improved over the two years of the state of exception. Meanwhile, 9.1% noted no change, and 9.8% observed a deterioration in Bukele’s image.

You can view all 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 surveys at the bottom of this page (Click Here).

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, Nayib Bukele’s Approval Rating has never gone below 75 percent during his entire presidential term.

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.

Human rights organizations and the opposition call Nayib Bukele an authoritarian president who is destroying democracy in El Salvador. Nevertheless, they can’t 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 decline in the country’s homicide rate. When Bukele took office in June 2019, El Salvador’s homicide rate was 6.57 murders per day or 35.8 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.

By 2023, the country’s homicide rate has been lowered to 0.42 per day or 2.4 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. 2023 is considered the safest year in Salvadoran history.

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, Nayib Bukele’s popularity remains high.

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.

Without a doubt, El Salvador’s president’s approval rating and popularity remain at high levels because he has improved the country’s security.

Can Bukele continue to maintain this high approval rating?

Yes, President Bukele can 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 hasn’t recovered, and they do not have a charismatic leader who can compete against President Bukele.

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Then there is the resentment Salvadorans feel towards the traditional political parties and their administrations that, for over 20 years, were not able to control the country’s violence. Furthermore, members of the traditional political parties 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 and 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’s 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.

In conclusion, Nayib Bukele’s consistently high approval ratings reflect his ability to connect with the people of El Salvador. While opinions may vary, his leadership style and policies have resonated with a significant portion of the population, making him the prominent figure in Salvadoran politics.


All of Nayib Bukele Approval Rating Surveys

2023 Surveys
Date Entity Rating/Score
November 17, 2023 CID Gallup
Job as president
92% Approval
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October24, 2023 CID Gallup
Latin America Presidential Approval
88% Approval
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June 29, 2023 FUNDAUNGO
Bukele’s 4 years in office
90.9% Approval
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June 26, 2023 UCA
Bukele’s 4 years in office
94.3% Approval
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June 26, 2023 MITOFSKY
World Leaders Approval
93% Approval
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June 20, 2023 CID Gallup
Bukele’s Job Approval
90% Approval
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June 20, 2023 TResearch
Bukele’s 4 years in office
92.9% Approval
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June 6, 2023 UFG
Bukele’s 4 years in office
8.58 out of 10
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March 13, 2023 LPG Datos
Bukele’s Job Approval
91% Approval
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January 2, 2023 CID Gallup
Job as President
90% Approval
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January 19, 2023 UCA
2022 job approval
8.37 out of 10.
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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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