Why Argentina's Macri flopped with young voters

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Published on August 18, 2019 - Duration: 01:56s

Why Argentina's Macri flopped with young voters

Greater numbers of youth are casting their ballots for Argentine President Mauricio Macri's left-leaning opponent, Alberto Fernandez who has former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner as his running mate.

Jillian Kitchener has more.


Why Argentina's Macri flopped with young voters

Argentina's recent primary election results shocked pollsters who didn't expect such a large number of younger voters to turn out in support of left-leaning candidate Alberto Fernandez over President Mauricio Macri.

But for 16-year-old Lucila Serveli, a vote for Fernandez was a no-brainer- especially with former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner as his running mate.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) YOUNG VOTER, LUCILA SERVELI, SAYING: "I was in my infancy during the Kirchner years, we lived very well and at the time I didn't realize it, but compared to now, many things have changed in that my family has had to give up many things, luxuries, we were hurt financially and it's affected me a lot.

That's why I voted (for Fernandez)." And she's certainly not alone.

There's a resurgence of support for what is known as 'Kirchnerism,' says Reuters correspondent Cassandra Garrison: SOT: "Kirchnerism is named for the governing style of late president Nestor Kirchner and his wife and successor Christina Fernandez de Kirchner." The Kirchners were in power from 2003 to 2015.

Young voters may associate that time as being more economically friendly for their family.

Today, Argentina finds itself hobbled by A recession with one of the world's highest inflation rates.

Macri's administration has cut subsidies.

And a promised financial recovery has not yet happened.

SOT: "It's not just for economic reasons that young voters told us they identify more with Kirchnerism vs.

Macris agenda.

Kirchnerism is more progressive on social issues that Argentine young voters told us are important to them.

For example, legal abortion, gay marriage and human rights.

Macri is seen as a more conservative politician.

His agenda is more business-focused and he's also more conservative on social issues that are important to today's young voters." It remains to be seen if Macri can improve his image among younger voters… to help his chances of re-election in October.

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