After a year Martinelli, endless hype and babble, the introduction of various wacky mega miracle schemes, imbecile laws, blah blah about "foreign direct investment", and bipolar presidential craziness, the vast majority of Panamanians just doesn't see it happen, economically speaking. A poll published by La Prensa shows that 78.6% of the population thinks that the economy is the same or even worse.
Most positive are the elderly - they benefit from the "$100 for 70" policy - and most negative are women whose political affiliation is PRD - lower middle class and poor, generally speaking.
A whopping 60.9% thinks that in another year, the economic situation will be the same (26.1%) or worse (34.8%).
Similarly, president Martinelli's approval rate cratered over recent months, and is now below 50%. The ratings for his most visible cabinet members - Lucy Molinar, Demetrio Papadimitriu, Juan Carlos Varela, Alberto Vallarino - fell steeply as well.