Peru's Humala has 70 percent approval rating: poll

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Posted: Jun 19, 2011 6:09 PM

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's leftist president-elect, Ollanta Humala, has an approval rating of 70 percent two weeks after winning power and most voters think he will pursue moderate policies, a poll showed on Sunday.

Humala, a former army officer, has worked hard to dispel fears he will govern like his former political mentor Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's fiery Socialist president.

Humala, whose June 5 election shook financial markets in one of the world's fastest-growing economies, has sought instead to cast himself as a moderate in the mold of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Besides giving the president-elect an approval rating of 70 percent, Sunday's Ipsos Apoyo poll showed 78 percent of respondents expect Humala's government -- due to take office on July 28 -- to be good or average.

It was the first such voter survey to be carried out in the Andean nation since Humala defeated right-wing lawmaker Keiko Fujimori with 51.4 percent of the votes in a run-off election.

Humala, responding to the poll, reiterated his pledges to respect current economic policy while also working to ensure that poorer Peruvians see the benefit of an economic boom.

"The important things is that I have that support when I leave the presidency, that's what I'm worried about and that's why I'm going to work to keep it," he told reporters on the doorstep of his home.

Humala, 48, is due to embark on the second stage of a regional tour this week. He will meet Bolivian President Evo Morales on Tuesday, before heading on June 28 to Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela.

Sunday's nationwide poll was carried out among 1,200 people between June 15-17 and has a margin of error of 2.3 percentage points.

(Reporting by Marco Aquino; Writing by Helen Popper)