New Americas Barometer Insight: Colombians’ Views of the FARC as a Political Party

October 13, 2016

The peace negotiations currently underway in Colombia between the Juan Manuel Santos government and the guerilla group known as theFARC are setting the conditions for the eventual electoral participation of FARC excombatants,including the opportunity for them to run for office. This Insights reportexamines the attitudes of Colombians towards the FARC’s formal participation in thecountry’s political system. In particular, I examine respondents’ reactions to ahypothetical electoral victory by a FARC ex-combatant in the 2015 local elections.While a majority disapprove of such an outcome, I find that those more satisfied withColombian democracy and those in favor of peace negotiations are more likely toaccept the election of a FARC ex-combatant. These findings could offer a path for theeventual acceptance by most Colombians of the FARC as a legitimate politicalorganization in the post-conflict Colombian system.

Click on the link below to read the whole report by Ana María Montoya:
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/lapop/insights/IO907en.pdf

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LAPOP - Americas Barometer
LAPOP is the premiere academic institution carrying out surveys of public opinion in the Americas, with over thirty years of experience. Every two years it carries out the AmericasBarometer survey, which currently covers 26 nations including all of North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Each year it publishes dozens of high quality academic studies and policy-relevant papers.