How other pundits see the switch
Roberto Bacman, director of the Centre for Studies on Public Opinion
The Center for Studies on Public Opinion director Roberto Bacman said that without a doubt the government has hardened its position in the past few weeks. “Every day the government shifts more to the right ... there are harsh attacks against the opposition, accusations against the labour union leaders for acting like mafias when organizing the national strike,” said Bacman. He highlighted that only 36 percent define themselves as government supporters, while those in the opposition have grown to almost 45 percent, and the president’s popularity fell by 20 percentage points. The director believed that the government had now decided to rely only on its hard-core supporters because of this. “Facing such a situation, everything appears to indicate that the government has decided to insulate itself within its inner ring of loyal Macristas,” said Bacman.
Manuel Mora y Araujo, head of Ipso-Mora y Araujo
Manuel Mora y Araujo, head of Ipso-Mora y Araujo, told Página/12 that the government needs to show some type of strength at a social level since the economy continues to flounder. “It’s clear that the economy isn’t the government’s strength. So, with this social situation, which a large part of society considers chaotic and threatening, the government will be praised for enforcing order,” said Mora y Araujo said. He highlighted how despite the economic situation, the government continues to rank well in opinion polls in terms of expectations and the support it receives from the population.
Eduardo Fidanza, one of the representatives of political consultancy Poliarquía
Eduardo Fidanza dismissed that repression was being carried out by Macri’s administration in response to the worsening economic situation. “I don’t think that you can talk about attacks nor repression, they are words that have a strong idealogical connotation,” said Fidanza in an interview with Página/12. However, he recognized that the government was in the middle of a political fight and was using the resources “it considered convenient.”
Dicen political consultancy director Hilario Moreno del Campo
Dicen political consultancy director Hilario Moreno del Campo believed that the Let’s Change ruling coalition was trying to create conflicts on purpose for political gain. “Their objective is to instigate conflicts in order to win with the polarization effect,” argued Moreno Del Campo in an interview in Radio 10. The consultant stressed how President Mauricio Macri’s party had recovered 5- 6 percentage points that the government had lost at the beginning of the year, at the same time that former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s positive public image increased by three percentage points.
Political scientist Edgardo Mocca
Political scientist Edgardo Mocca said that the government was trying to respond to the economic problems the country was facing by doubling down with their threats, provocations, which in some cases caused violence. “They are going to continue smearing the prestige of their opponents and persecuting everything or everyone that belonged to the previous administration, because they know that there is a sector of the middle class that is encouraged by the so-called change,” said Mocca in an interview with news website Vaconfirmamendoza.com.ar The political scientist said that behind the Let’s Change government’s campaign “Revolution of Joy” slogan, there really exists “an exclusion of voices and radicalisation in their discourse which always stands at the limit of further violence.”