SANTIAGO Chile's president-elect Michelle Bachelet will embark on a second term, riding a wave of popular support that includes widespread backing for her key policy proposals, according to a poll released on Thursday.
Center-left Bachelet will take office on March 11 with a mandate to hike corporate taxes to pay for an education reform, and will push to overhaul the constitution, which dates to General Augusto Pinochet's 1973-1990 dictatorship.
Almost 80 percent of those surveyed said they agreed with education reform, pollster and research center Cerc said, while 63 percent approved tax reform and 71 percent a new constitution.
Bachelet, who already served as the nation's president from 2006 to 2010, won 62 percent of the vote against conservative candidate Evelyn Matthei in a December 15 presidential runoff.
Chile's constitution bars presidential re-election to consecutive terms.
The poll included 1,200 people and was conducted between December 19 and January 10. The margin of error was 3 percent.
(Reporting by Anthony Esposito Editing by W Simon)