Daniel Quintero is the Mayor with the Greatest Disapproval in the History of Medellín

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Daniel Quintero is the Mayor with the Greatest Disapproval in the History of Medellín

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January 16, 2023

In the recent Invamer poll, the disapproval of Mayor Daniel Quintero remained almost intact. The measurement last October had shown a disapproval of 51% and this new survey showed that 50% of the citizens in Medellín disapprove of his mandate.

Also, his approval continued to fall and it went from 45% to 44%. It should be remembered that this is the first time a mayor in Medellín since this type of measurement was made -starting in 1994- has maintained such high disapproval and such a low favorable image for so long.

But this image has not been atypical in his tenure, which has already completed three years. In February 2021, half of the people surveyed had already concluded that the mayor’s management was unfavorable, even reaching 53%.

The only precedent of a mayor with such disapproval from the citizens in Medellín occurred in February 2013, when Aníbal Gaviria registered a disqualification of 54% of those surveyed.

How Has Been His Approval in Previous Months?

During the month of October, disapproval of the management of the mayor of Medellín, Daniel Quintero, reached 51% according to the measurement made by Invamer. The favorability of the local mayor fell by eight percentage points in just two months.

When asked “do you approve or disapprove of the mayor’s performance?”, 45% of those surveyed gave Quintero a boost, who had a percentage of favorability that reached 52% in July and 53% last August.

That percentage, however, is not reflected in the results that Invamer presented in October. While the unfavorability of the mayor remained at 42% in the two months mentioned, in October it was nine points higher, with 51%.

But this was not the first time that half of the citizens surveyed disapproved of the mayor’s management during the year: in February 2021 it reached 50% and later, in June of the same year, his unfavorability stood at 53%.

What Perception Do Citizens Have of the City?

The perception of improvement regarding the direction of the city is not encouraging either, according to the results of Invamer. What the figures portray is that 65% of those surveyed consider that the situation is getting worse, compared to 25% of the participants who feel that the city is on the right track. Invamer data was collected from 1,200 surveys applied between December 2 and 11 in the cities of Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Barranquilla, and Bucaramanga.

Despite that Medellín remains considered the second city of Colombia, during the year 2022 many factors played against the mandate of Daniel Quintero and there are people advocating for his mandate to be revoked. The mayor of Medellín was even suspended from his duties on May 10, 2022, for a period of three months, since the General Attorney of the Nation, Margarita Cabello Blanco, determined to investigate him for his alleged participation in electoral politics in favor of whom that time was one of the presidential candidates, Gustavo Petro.



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