Chile Pinera’s rating at new high after mine rescue

* Popularity boost may help legislative agenda

* Government seeking to push through 2011 budget

SANTIAGO, Nov 2 (BestGrowthStock) – Support for Chilean President
Sebastian Pinera rose to new highs in October after the
dramatic rescue of 33 trapped miners, a poll showed on Tuesday,
strengthening his hand as he pushes his first budget through
Congress.

Leading pollster Adimark GfK said Pinera’s approval ratings
reached 63 percent in October, up from 46 percent in July,
before a collapse at a copper mine trapped workers below ground
for 69 days until a successful government rescue.

Pinera’s approval rating was 53 percent in the pollster’s
September survey.

“The October rise is strongly related to the rescue of the
33 miners trapped in the San Jose Mine, an event that took up
the news agenda during the month,” the polling agency said in
its monthly report.

The president’s surging popularity has already helped him
pass legislation raising royalties paid by mining companies in
the world’s top copper producer. [ID:nN13267913]

With his public approval at its highest point since he took
office in March, Pinera’s next test is the 2011 budget under
debate in Congress. His proposal would increase fiscal spending
slower than projected economic growth in an effort to keep
pressure off an appreciating peso. [ID:nN3083062]
(Reporting by Brad Haynes, Editing by Sandra Maler)

Chile Pinera’s rating at new high after mine rescue