I saw in the old forums that the new version would fix the random popularity drop bug. Do you have a sense yet of when this version is coming out? At this point, the came is pretty much unplayable for me, since my popularity drops dramatically right before the second election every time (even though I have fulfilled my election pledges).
As I understand it, this is fixed in version 1.31. Version 1.32 was released yesterday (it just adds an auto-updater for content). emailing me at cliff AT positech DOT co dot uk with your orider number or email address, and I can send out new links.