Polls Not Much Help
Polls of public opinion on the Central American Free-Trade Agreement with the United States (CAFTA) have been abundant – and often contradictory – in the years since Costa Rica began negotiations. In addition, last year’s down-to-the-wire presidential elections between pro-CAFTA candidate Oscar Arias and anti-CAFTA candidate Ottón Solís showed that polls, which had generally predicted a sturdy Arias victory, can fail miserably.
What’s more, if the polls show anything concrete, it’s that many Costa Rican are still unsure about the controversial pact. One of the most recent CAFTA polls, conducted by the firm Unimer for the daily La Nación and published March 13, showed 35% of respondents in favor of legislative ratification of CAFTA; 26% against; and a whopping 39% undecided.
In the same poll, only 37% of respondents said CAFTA would have “good” or “very good” effects on the country, down from 51% last September.
In short: it appears to be either side’s referendum to win.
You may be interested
Unemployment and underemployment rates remain high in Costa RicaAlejandro Zúñiga - December 3, 2020
Unemployment in Costa Rica was 21.9% in the August-October quarter, slightly lower than the previous period but still significantly higher than the…
Saprissa, Alajuelense qualify for Champions LeagueThe Tico Times - December 3, 2020
Costa Rica's two most-popular soccer clubs will represent the country at the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League. Deportivo Saprissa and Liga…
CCSS conducts ‘mega transfer’ of COVID patients from full hospitalAlejandro Zúñiga - December 3, 2020
The Costa Rican Social Security System (CCSS) on Wednesday conducted a large-scale transfer of coronavirus patients from a saturated Escalante Pradilla…