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Poll shows decline in Hugo Chavez's popularity

Poll shows decline in Hugo Chavez's popularity

President Hugo Chavez's popularity has slipped and a majority of Venezuelans view the situation in their country negatively, according to a poll published Tuesday.
The survey by the Caracas-based polling firm Datanalisis found that 46 percent responded positively when asked how they view Chavez's presidency, down from 53 percent a month earlier.
The survey, published by the Venezuelan newspaper El Universal, also found that 59 percent said they saw the situation in the country as negative.
The results are based on the responses of 1,300 randomly selected Venezuelans questioned between Sept. 23 and Oct. 8. The poll had a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.
Pro-Chavez congressman Alberto Castelar said he believes Datanalisis underestimated Chavez's popularity. But the polling firm's past findings have been close to election results.
Datanalisis pollster Luis Vicente Leon noted that Chavez _ whose popularity hit a recent high of 61 percent in February _ has recovered from worse situations before and remains by far the most popular politician in the country.
Leon said the recent decline in Chavez's popularity appears to be linked mainly to concerns about the economy, and that other factors include complaints about power outages and water shortages.


Updated : 2021-05-17 11:03 GMT+08:00