January 23, 2014 / 3:37 PM / in 4 years

Chile president-elect's proposals enjoy broad support: poll

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - 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.

Chile's President-elect Michelle Bachelet answers a question during a news conference at her headquarters in Santiago, December 16, 2013. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

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

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