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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:47 am 
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83 Percent of Arubans Approve The Job Performance Of The Current Prime Minister

January 10th 2012, Aruba.

Prime Minister Mike Eman's Approval Rating Remains High Into The Third Year Governing Aruba

ORANJESTAD-The Eman government maintains high approval ratings going into the third year of governing the island. The results of a poll
conducted by the local newspaper Diario at the end of December 2011 revealed that 83 percent of the Aruban population believes that
Prime Minister Mike Eman is doing a good job. Prime Minister Eman is considered a very dynamic leader, and a charismatic man.
Majority of the Arubans firmly believe in what the Prime Minister says.

Arubans are not happy with the opposition parties. The poll results show that 65 percent of the population disapproves of the leader
of the biggest opposition party MEP (Peoples Electoral Movement). Unfounded criticism and insinuations are the biggest faults of the
opposition leader Evelyn Wever, who took over the leadership of the MEP party from former Prime Minister Nelson Oduber in 2011.
Many believe that her leadership style is the same as that of the former Prime Minister Nelson Oduber.

On the question which Minister in the current government is the most popular, 45 percent of those polled chose Prime Minister Mike
Eman, followed by 21 percent for the Minister of Tourism Otmar Oduber, and 12 percent for the Minister of Finance Mike de Meza.

83 percent of those polled believe that Parliament is not functioning accordingly. The majority mentioned immaturity of parliament
members, not being well prepared for meetings, and the use of bad language as arguments for their negative views on the present
Parliament body. The President of Parliament Paul Croes is viewed as one of the best the island has had in a long time according to
those polled.

If elections were held today, 48 percent of those polled would vote for the AVP party (Aruba Peoples Party) that is currently in power, 31
percent would vote for the MEP party, 4 percent for Real Democracy party, 2 percent for RED party, 10 percent are undecided, 5 percent
would not exercise their right to vote. The AVP party remains popular in all districts on the island except for the town of Santa Cruz.
The MEP party can count on the majority of the votes from Santa Cruz.

Aruban Concerns

Despite the strong growth of the tourism industry and the overall economy of the island during 2011, Arubans are concerned on
different issues. 88 percent of those polled mentioned that they would like to see the tariffs for water, electricity and gas drop. Arubans
are also concerned on the increase number of panhandlers, the number of stray dogs, the visible use of drugs on the streets, and the
lack of police visibility. Majority of those polled believe that the government should be more effective in reducing and controlling the
cost of living.

The poll was conducted among 536 persons from all corners of the island between the ages of 18 and 70 years. The margin of error of
the poll is between 5 and 7 percent.


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