Latin America: tolerance of Congress shutdown 2019, by country

In a survey carried out between September 2018 and April 2019, it was found that Peru had the highest level of tolerance for Congress shutdown in Latin America. Almost 59 percent of the voting-age adults interviewed in Peru said it is justifiable for the president of the country to close down Congress when the nation faces difficult times. In Uruguay, the share of respondents who agreed with this statement was lower than 10 percent.

Level of support for the shutdown or dissolution of Congress in Latin America as of April 2019, by country

Share of respondents
Dominican Republic24.3%
El Salvador18.1%
Costa Rica17.3%
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Release date

October 2019


Central and South America, Mexico

Survey time period

September 2018 to April 2019

Special properties

Voting-age adults

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

The source does not specify the number of respondents. In the previous edition of the study, the sample amounted to approximately 1,500 respondents in each country.
The original question posed on the survey was: "Do you believe that when the country is facing very difficult times it is justifiable for the president of the country to close the Congress and govern without Congress?".
The data showed in this graph represents the share of respondents who answered affirmatively.
The wording chosen for this statistic may slightly differ from the original.

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