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Most Salvadorans Still Prefer US Dollar over Bitcoin, Survey Finds

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A recent study unveiled by the Center of Citizen Studies at the Francisco Gavidia University in El Salvador highlighted that more than half of the Salvadorans still prefer the US dollar over Bitcoin (BTC) as legal tender, and 62.3% disagree with the approval of BTC as a legal currency.

There were 1,306 interviews conducted across the country as part of the survey, which aimed to assess Salvadorans’ perceptions of how President Nayib Bukele is leading the nation. A little more than 11% of respondents had doubts about the adoption of either bitcoin or cryptocurrency in the country.

The issue of Bitcoin adoption has been one of Bukele’s biggest challenges, as many people have doubts about receiving BTC as payment. As a result, El Salvador has been heavily investing in Bitcoin. In fact, Bukele has acquired over 2,000 BTC since the law was passed last year.

However, these investments have not been good for the country, with agencies like Moody’s lowering the country’s credit rating because of the lack of transparency surrounding these purchases, as there have been no public announcements about them aside from Bukele’s tweets.

Not a Healthy Bet

In 2021, Bitcoin adoption boomed among retail and institutions. Also, in September last year, El Salvador became the most prominent country to accept Bitcoin as legal tender. In addition to adopting the digital asset, the Central American country began accumulating it for future gains.

El Salvador’s Bitcoin bet has become negative for its economy. In fact, El Salvador spent more than $100 million on Bitcoin purchases since September 2021. As Bitcoin’s price has dropped by nearly 40% since El Salvador first purchased it, the country has begun to feel the heat of the recent market correction. Furthermore, in mid-June, Iran’s foreign debt will be repaid to the tune of $38.25 million, as it is also suffering from rising debt.

A recent study unveiled by the Center of Citizen Studies at the Francisco Gavidia University in El Salvador highlighted that more than half of the Salvadorans still prefer the US dollar over Bitcoin (BTC) as legal tender, and 62.3% disagree with the approval of BTC as a legal currency.

There were 1,306 interviews conducted across the country as part of the survey, which aimed to assess Salvadorans’ perceptions of how President Nayib Bukele is leading the nation. A little more than 11% of respondents had doubts about the adoption of either bitcoin or cryptocurrency in the country.

The issue of Bitcoin adoption has been one of Bukele’s biggest challenges, as many people have doubts about receiving BTC as payment. As a result, El Salvador has been heavily investing in Bitcoin. In fact, Bukele has acquired over 2,000 BTC since the law was passed last year.

However, these investments have not been good for the country, with agencies like Moody’s lowering the country’s credit rating because of the lack of transparency surrounding these purchases, as there have been no public announcements about them aside from Bukele’s tweets.

Not a Healthy Bet

In 2021, Bitcoin adoption boomed among retail and institutions. Also, in September last year, El Salvador became the most prominent country to accept Bitcoin as legal tender. In addition to adopting the digital asset, the Central American country began accumulating it for future gains.

El Salvador’s Bitcoin bet has become negative for its economy. In fact, El Salvador spent more than $100 million on Bitcoin purchases since September 2021. As Bitcoin’s price has dropped by nearly 40% since El Salvador first purchased it, the country has begun to feel the heat of the recent market correction. Furthermore, in mid-June, Iran’s foreign debt will be repaid to the tune of $38.25 million, as it is also suffering from rising debt.

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