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Venezuelans: Uncertain, free traders and looking for leadership

December 14, 2004

A new poll was released today done by the firm Kissinger/McLarty in association with Zogby. A summary can be found here and what I think is the whole poll can be found here. A friend and reader sent me this morning all of the results of the poll.


My first conclusion is that Venezuelans are not very happy with the current leadership on either side disliking both the Government and the opposition. 55% of Venezuelans have an unfavorable opinion of President Chavez, but 56% of Venezuelans have an unfavorable opinion of opposition leaders. Thus, you might say Venezuela is still looking and searching for a good leader.


 


Even worse, 53% of all Venezuelans think Chavez won in the recall vote thanks to fraud, while only 37% think he won fair and square. Similarly, 57% of those polled think the country is moving in the wrong direction. Even worse, Venezuela feel the country is quite unstable with 53% thinking the current political situation is either unstable or very unstable, with 49% thinking that things are going to get worse in the next 12 months economically. Adding to this, a huge 58% of those responding said they were concerned about their ability for keeping their job in the next twelve months.


 


What I found remarkable from the poll, is the globalized image that Venezuelans have of their economy and their dislike for all things Cuban, in contrast with Hugo Chávez. 90% of Venezuelans think that it is better if international companies invest here. 83% think the Government should do more to attract foreign investment. 63% think Venezuela is losing an opportunity in not joining ALCA. 95% think that property rights should be respected. 92% that the country’s international debt should be paid. 92% think the Venezuelan economy should be more open to foreign investment. But in contradiction with these free trade thinking, 44% think the Government should nationalize companies to advance the revolution.


 


Cuba and all things Cuban do badly in the poll. 92 % of those polled said Venezuela should not be like Cuba, with that country having a very favorable opinion in only 13% of Venezuelans, versus 49% for the United States and 51% for American companies. In contrast, only 5% had an unfavorable view of the US while 54% had an unfavorable opinion of Cuba.


 


57% of Venezuelans think that Chavze does not represent the interests of the majority and 61% agree or somewhat agree with the statement that he will never step down from power.


 


Thus, Venezuela appears to be a country looking for leadership and a majority of Venezuelans appear to be against many of the precepts of Chavez’ revolution, but doubt he will leave. They feel the country is fairly unstable and so is their job. They dislike Cuba, are for free trade and somewhat pro-American. So, you may ask, why did they vote for Chavez? Maybe they didn’t!

Venezuelans: Uncertain, free traders and looking for leadership

December 14, 2004

A new poll was released today done by the firm Kissinger/McLarty in association with Zogby. A summary can be found here and what I think is the whole poll can be found here. A friend and reader sent me this morning all of the results of the poll.


My first conclusion is that Venezuelans are not very happy with the current leadership on either side disliking both the Government and the opposition. 55% of Venezuelans have an unfavorable opinion of President Chavez, but 56% of Venezuelans have an unfavorable opinion of opposition leaders. Thus, you might say Venezuela is still looking and searching for a good leader.


 


Even worse, 53% of all Venezuelans think Chavez won in the recall vote thanks to fraud, while only 37% think he won fair and square. Similarly, 57% of those polled think the country is moving in the wrong direction. Even worse, Venezuela feel the country is quite unstable with 53% thinking the current political situation is either unstable or very unstable, with 49% thinking that things are going to get worse in the next 12 months economically. Adding to this, a huge 58% of those responding said they were concerned about their ability for keeping their job in the next twelve months.


 


What I found remarkable from the poll, is the globalized image that Venezuelans have of their economy and their dislike for all things Cuban, in contrast with Hugo Chávez. 90% of Venezuelans think that it is better if international companies invest here. 83% think the Government should do more to attract foreign investment. 63% think Venezuela is losing an opportunity in not joining ALCA. 95% think that property rights should be respected. 92% that the country’s international debt should be paid. 92% think the Venezuelan economy should be more open to foreign investment. But in contradiction with these free trade thinking, 44% think the Government should nationalize companies to advance the revolution.


 


Cuba and all things Cuban do badly in the poll. 92 % of those polled said Venezuela should not be like Cuba, with that country having a very favorable opinion in only 13% of Venezuelans, versus 49% for the United States and 51% for American companies. In contrast, only 5% had an unfavorable view of the US while 54% had an unfavorable opinion of Cuba.


 


57% of Venezuelans think that Chavze does not represent the interests of the majority and 61% agree or somewhat agree with the statement that he will never step down from power.


 


Thus, Venezuela appears to be a country looking for leadership and a majority of Venezuelans appear to be against many of the precepts of Chavez’ revolution, but doubt he will leave. They feel the country is fairly unstable and so is their job. They dislike Cuba, are for free trade and somewhat pro-American. So, you may ask, why did they vote for Chavez? Maybe they didn’t!

Venezuelans: Uncertain, free traders and looking for leadership

December 14, 2004

A new poll was released today done by the firm Kissinger/McLarty in association with Zogby. A summary can be found here and what I think is the whole poll can be found here. A friend and reader sent me this morning all of the results of the poll.


My first conclusion is that Venezuelans are not very happy with the current leadership on either side disliking both the Government and the opposition. 55% of Venezuelans have an unfavorable opinion of President Chavez, but 56% of Venezuelans have an unfavorable opinion of opposition leaders. Thus, you might say Venezuela is still looking and searching for a good leader.


 


Even worse, 53% of all Venezuelans think Chavez won in the recall vote thanks to fraud, while only 37% think he won fair and square. Similarly, 57% of those polled think the country is moving in the wrong direction. Even worse, Venezuela feel the country is quite unstable with 53% thinking the current political situation is either unstable or very unstable, with 49% thinking that things are going to get worse in the next 12 months economically. Adding to this, a huge 58% of those responding said they were concerned about their ability for keeping their job in the next twelve months.


 


What I found remarkable from the poll, is the globalized image that Venezuelans have of their economy and their dislike for all things Cuban, in contrast with Hugo Chávez. 90% of Venezuelans think that it is better if international companies invest here. 83% think the Government should do more to attract foreign investment. 63% think Venezuela is losing an opportunity in not joining ALCA. 95% think that property rights should be respected. 92% that the country’s international debt should be paid. 92% think the Venezuelan economy should be more open to foreign investment. But in contradiction with these free trade thinking, 44% think the Government should nationalize companies to advance the revolution.


 


Cuba and all things Cuban do badly in the poll. 92 % of those polled said Venezuela should not be like Cuba, with that country having a very favorable opinion in only 13% of Venezuelans, versus 49% for the United States and 51% for American companies. In contrast, only 5% had an unfavorable view of the US while 54% had an unfavorable opinion of Cuba.


 


57% of Venezuelans think that Chavze does not represent the interests of the majority and 61% agree or somewhat agree with the statement that he will never step down from power.


 


Thus, Venezuela appears to be a country looking for leadership and a majority of Venezuelans appear to be against many of the precepts of Chavez’ revolution, but doubt he will leave. They feel the country is fairly unstable and so is their job. They dislike Cuba, are for free trade and somewhat pro-American. So, you may ask, why did they vote for Chavez? Maybe they didn’t!

Extra! Extra! Daniel wins! Daniel Wins! It’s Official!

December 14, 2004

Congratulations to Daniel for winning with his blog the category “Best Latino, Caribbean, or South American blog”. Well deserved. Daniel has worked very at hard at excelling at what he does and communicating or attempting to communicate (it’s not easy!) what happens is our country and the robolucion. I love that Daniel has won, not only for him (I know Daniel personally, but will not tell the DISIP who he is), but also because it means at least some part of the message of the tragedy that Venezuela is going thru is getting across. This is the whole purpose of what we are doing and will continue to do as long as we are allowed. I felt like a Chavista on Aug. 15th. voting for Daniel so many times! Toast to Daniel, his victory and his effort!


To round up Daniel’s great day, an article in national Review entitled “Hugo’s Ambitions” not only links to him, but called it: “a terrific blog that exemplifies how a blog can provide critical but overlooked news and intelligent, informed analysis”


 


Val Prieto’s blog, which I read regularly came in a strong second in the category also well deserved. Val was gracious enough to post this which actually promoted Daniel’s blog once, and Babalu four times. Pretty selfless in any competition. The picture he used was priceless.


 


It will be really neat if a couple of years from now, Venezuelan blogs are out of the radar. One can only dream, no?

Extra! Extra! Daniel wins! Daniel Wins! It’s Official!

December 14, 2004

Congratulations to Daniel for winning with his blog the category “Best Latino, Caribbean, or South American blog”. Well deserved. Daniel has worked very at hard at excelling at what he does and communicating or attempting to communicate (it’s not easy!) what happens is our country and the robolucion. I love that Daniel has won, not only for him (I know Daniel personally, but will not tell the DISIP who he is), but also because it means at least some part of the message of the tragedy that Venezuela is going thru is getting across. This is the whole purpose of what we are doing and will continue to do as long as we are allowed. I felt like a Chavista on Aug. 15th. voting for Daniel so many times! Toast to Daniel, his victory and his effort!


To round up Daniel’s great day, an article in national Review entitled “Hugo’s Ambitions” not only links to him, but called it: “a terrific blog that exemplifies how a blog can provide critical but overlooked news and intelligent, informed analysis”


 


Val Prieto’s blog, which I read regularly came in a strong second in the category also well deserved. Val was gracious enough to post this which actually promoted Daniel’s blog once, and Babalu four times. Pretty selfless in any competition. The picture he used was priceless.


 


It will be really neat if a couple of years from now, Venezuelan blogs are out of the radar. One can only dream, no?

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