Is Chile’s Rewrite of the Constitution Going Off Course?

Question – Recent opinion polls in Chile indicate that, for the first time, more Chileans would reject the new draft of the constitution than approve it. Survey results released on April 4 show that 40 percent of respondents would vote in favor of the new constitution, while 46 percent would reject it, according to Reuters. An elected assembly is tasked with rewriting Chile’s dictatorship-era constitution, which will be put to voters in a referendum this year. What accounts for the sharp decline in support for the constitutional initiative? What specific proposals drafted by the assembly—which is dominated by leftists and independents—have been the most polarizing? What are the consequences for the country if the new constitution is rejected by a majority of Chileans?

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