President Michelle Bachelet says the corruption scandals that have rocked Chile have caused a crisis of confidence, but could also be an opportunity for change.
Bachelet’s approval rating is at its lowest level ever, but she said Wednesday that she doesn’t care about her popularity because she’s focused on improving Chile’s well-being and pushing forward needed reforms.
The president also dismissed rumors that she’s stepping down from the presidency following a bank loan scandal involving her son.
A recent poll shows Bachelet’s approval rating falling 8 percentage points to 31 percent in March versus February. That’s the lowest for her current administration and her 2006-2010 presidency.
Trust in politicians has also eroded by a campaign financing scandal involving a prominent company and right-wing politicians.