Studies showed that poverty in Peru’s urban regions had decreased from 50 percent in 2001 to 31 percent in 2006.
A decline in poverty was also reported in Peru’s rural areas, where levels went from 77 percent in 2001 to 69 percent in 2006.
According to APOYO’s report, 54 percent of the country was poor in 2001. After analyzing recent trends, it was estimated that Peru’s poverty level would be as low as 39 percent by 2011.
Despite the reduction in the country’s poverty and an increase in its GDP, Peruvians have shown to be one of the most dissatisfied countries in Latin America.
When asked about the country’s economic situation, 52 percent of Venezuelans stated it was good or very good, while 8 percent of Peruvians said they were satisfied.
Brazil, Ecuador and Mexico’s people were 26, 26 and 16 percent happy.
When asked about the country’s future, 60 percent of Venezuelans stated their country would be much better or a little better in the future, while 21 percent of Peruvians said Peru would be better.
Uruguay, Bolivia and Chile’s people were 37, 36 and 27 percent optimistic.
According to studies, much of this dissatisfaction was connected to the fact that Peru’s growth helped those belonging to socio-economic levels "A", "B" and "C", all of which make up 38 percent of the population, while socio-economic levels "D" and "E" make up 62 percent of Peru’s people.