The popularity of Hugo Chavez continues to stay up

It always makes me chuckle when someone tries to show how unpopular Chavez of Venezuela is by quoting opposition poll results.  There was a poll released just recently and a very good article analyzing the poll in light of other recent polls judging Chavez’s popularity among Venezuelans.

It matches well with the Latinobarometro poll, which is apparently the most respected poll in Latin America:

Perhaps the most widely respected among all recent polls is the 2007 annual survey of 18 Latin American countries conducted by the Chilean polling firm Latinobarometro, the results of which were released this past January.

According to Latinobarometro, 60% of Venezuelans approved of President Chávez`s job performance in 2007, and 61% approved of the Venezuelan government as a whole. Also, 59% of Venezuelans were either “very satisfied” or “pretty satisfied” with the functioning of democracy in their country, placing Venezuela second only to Uruguay.

The Latinobarometro poll also showed that 52% of Venezuelans said the economic situation in their country was either good or very good in 2007, and that 67% agreed that the state is capable of solving the nation’s problems.

The 60% approval rating matches up well with the historical record in Venezuela as Chavez has often been elected by similar numbers.  This also matches the numbers from a poll recently performed by the Venezuelan Data Analysis Institute:

A national poll conducted between April 24th and May 2nd by the Venezuelan Data Analysis Institute (IVAD) showed that 68.8% of Venezuelans believe the presidency of Hugo Chávez has been excellent, very good, or good, while 28.2% consider it to have been bad, very bad, or terrible.

The article then goes into how opposition polls have found different numbers, but I think I’ll lean toward believing the IVAD and Latinobarometro polls more because of their consistency with the known Venezuelan voting record.

http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/news/3438

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34 Responses to “The popularity of Hugo Chavez continues to stay up”


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  2. 2 David Blomstrom May 19, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    The demonization of Hugo Chavez by America’s army of media wh*res is truly frightening – yet it would be so easy to counteract if more people just made their voices heard.

    I’m running for public office and am using my campaign to support Hugo Chavez. Please see my campaign website at http://2008.seattle-mafia.org/.

    I also created a new website at http://www.viva-chavez.com/

    In the meantime, I’ll be prowling the Internet, adding my comments to the numerous blogs that are attacking Chavez, along with the few good blogs that support him.

    Thanks for your interesting article.

    David Blomstrom

  3. 3 theradicalmormon May 19, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks for stopping by David. Good luck in your mission. I grew up in Seattle. Any education you can provide to the good people of Washington State about Chavez and what is really happening in Venezuela (as opposed to the disinformation campaign our media feeds us almost on a daily basis) would be good.

  4. 4 Capt Jack May 24, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Curtis:

    Latinobarometro’s poll was conducted September and October of 2007–lots of things have happened since then to impact Hugo’s popularity. More recent polls have shown a significant drop in Chavez’s popularity, and unless the economic situation gets better in Venezuela those numbers will show up in Latinobarometro’s numbers to be published in Nov 2008.

  5. 5 theradicalmormon May 24, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Capt. Jack,
    Come visit me again in November then and we’ll see if you’re right. Until then, trusting opposition polling is akin to trusting their election day exit polls which showed Chavez getting beat by a landslide during the recall referendum, when in reality it was exactly the opposite result. Those opposition guys have trouble with their math.

  6. 6 scorpi2000 May 28, 2008 at 1:40 am

    So many times the media, focuses its microscope on a population and magnifies a small area and then portrays to the world, by only giving one perspective, that all of them are like this . This way of portraying us to the world has been going on for a long time , giving the whole world a distorted narrow perspective view of who we are. This has been going on for so long , (GENERATIONS) THAT ITS HARD TO TELL SOME PEOPLE THAT THEIR PERSPECTIVE IS WRONG.

    IMAGINE ME, OWNING A TELEVISION NETWORK, and every time I showed my viewers a story about the white population , It was about , David Duke , or the k.k.k. or the Skinheads, or Hitler . Get the picture.
    Anyone who has not traveled and lived amongst other people, or have seen other whites, would think all whites were like that . They could possibly establish negative views of the white population as a whole.

    If I were to describe you the reader, based on a perspective I got from only standing behind you , I would be telling everyone you had no eyes,no nose, or mouth. Whats worse, is if I mixed it in with the trusted weather report, and some trusting sole believed it, and told all his trusting friends.

    What if they believed it ?

    COULD THIS POSSIBLY HAPPEN ?

    YES…. IT HAS…. TO US…. STOP IT.. ….
    STOP JUDGING THE WORLD AND ITS PEOPLE FROM A NARROW MINDED VEIW.
    OR THIS IS HOW THE WORLD MIGHT JUDGE YOU.

    THANKS
    SCORPI2000

  7. 8 Pedro Lopez July 9, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Elections in Venezuela are a big scam, close to what just happened in Zimbabwe ! The vote is NOT annonymous and the government distributes a tool with a database of the votes so supporters can check who will get fired because voting the wrong candidate. Beside this when you check the government supplied electoral list you see that there are relatively far more hundred years old in Venezuela then in any European countires and similar as in Zimbabwe in arreas where the Chavistas know the opposition can win there are lot’s of people registered at phantom adresses and there are lot of very suspect double entries on people with same name, birthdate and so on …. in other words A COMPLETE SCAM !

  8. 9 Pedro Lopez July 9, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Chavez is a Hicho de Puta because he is directly involved with FARC who has killed tens of thousands of people in Colombia, 6.800 victims from mines most children, more then 10.000 murders, child soldiers (recently a 14 years old farmers son that did not want to become “enlisted” was shot in the head in front of his family), and the worlds biggest drug producer and dealer. FARC can transport freely drugs over the border and through offical airports and sea port in Venzuela ! In the nineties FARC paid Chavez to help him out after his failed coup attempt and jail sentence. Later Chavez returned the favour by supplying money, arms and ammunition. Recently a Venezuelan officer has been caught and detained who came accross the border to deliver brandnew Russian weapons and ammunition. Please tell me why Venezuela has a ammunition factiry making 7,62 mm ammunition while NOT ONE SINGLE ARMY in the region uses that beside the FARC Terrorists ?

  9. 10 theradicalmormon July 10, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Pedro,
    The recent Venezuelan elections were certified by numerous international observers as free and fair, including the Carter Center and the OAS. Your allegations are baseless as far as I can tell. The opposition even had to shut up their usual lies after the last election when it was painfully obvious that the elections were even more democratic than those in the USA!

    As far as your allegations of Chavez’s connections to the FARC go, you’d have to supply some reliable sources. Chavez has repeatedly called for an end to the FARCs armed struggle and the allegations of 300 million dollars to the FARC from the laptops in Ecuador appear to be a complete sham. I’ve never heard of the other allegations you are making. Sounds like opposition propaganda.

  10. 11 maria July 28, 2009 at 6:20 am

    You i d i o t liberals.

    I am from Venezuela. Chavez have totally destroyed my country! I will forward this website to all my Venezuelan friends in the USA to show them how evil you are if you think that Chavez is helping Venezuela or the Venezuelan people.

    I hope that someone form the USA goverment is monitoring your communist leftist website and mornitor your phones and your movements. You should be arrested.

    Your deserve to go to jail for being American traitors.

    You are not different than Jimmy Carter,. We have him to thank for Chavez destroying our country.

    Hopely you will be on record like Ayres and the left American leader.

  11. 12 theradicalmormon July 29, 2009 at 6:21 am

    Maria,
    You seem to know a lot about Venezuela from your comfortable location in Virginia, USA. However, your comment serves well to illustrate the type of ideology embraced by those who oppose Chavez in Venezuela. You apparently want me put into jail for writing my opinions, (or in this case, just reporting the facts). The totalitarian type of very undemocratic government you would enjoy is what you can return to if you support opposition politics. Or, on the other hand, it is what you can enjoy from even Chavez lately as he has clamped down on the media. Yes, he’s definitely not a perfect democratic socialist. He’s a lot prettier than what the opposition has to offer though.

  12. 13 Capt Jack August 3, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Curtis:

    Many Venezuelans still in Venezuela disapprove of the government as well–I promised you the 2008 Latinobarometro numbers, and, frankly, had forgotten about it. I just looked them up, and while the 2008 numbers don’t have an approval rating for Chavez, they do show that only 47% of Venezuelans approved of how the country was governed. In three more months, we’ll see get the 2009 report, and this time I’ll post on it in a more timely fashion.

    I do, however, disagree strongly with Maria; unlike her, I don’t think opinions should be criminalized, much less monitored and controlled by governments.

    Maria, if you’re still there, I’d have hoped that you’d learn that part of what has made this country great is the tradition of dealing with what we consider to be incorrect ideas by proposing better ideas. Part of what has allowed Hugo Chavez to win elections time and again has been the fact that for years poor Venezuelans were cut out of the system. Chavez, in large measure, is merely the hate that hate created. Until the opposition realizes that, and takes concrete steps to change that, they will be doomed to wander in the wilderness.

  13. 14 theradicalmormon August 4, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Nice to see you Capt. Jack. It’ll be interesting to see those numbers. Chavez has had a bit of a falling out with the Left here in the US lately with his clamping down on the media etc. He is not exactly the same utopian ruler I once thought he was. As the Mormon scripture goes, almost all men, when they receive a little authority as they suppose, begin immediately to exercise unrighteous dominion. Lord bless me with no significant authority in this life.

  14. 15 Kevin August 11, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Maria. Ud es una campeona verdadera de la gente. Unbelievable.

  15. 16 Forest Simmons August 16, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    The media have treated Chavez about the same way they once treated Joseph Smith, Jr. and (later) Brigham Young.

    The media were a big force in the coup against Chavez. I wouldn’t have blamed him for taking harsher measures against them. Freedom of the press doesn’t protect sedition. Joseph Smith shut down the Nauvoo Expositor when he thought its attack on him was unfairly undermining the credibility of church leadership.

    By and large people don’t like Chavez because he wants the resources of the country to benefit all of the people, not just the well to do.

    The same with Correa in Ecuador and Evo Morales in Bolivia.

    If you don’t like socialism, that’s fine, tell us why not. And argue for a better system (on its merits). Explain why capitalism is doing such a great job of taking care of the people of the world, if that is your belief.

    On this blog, it would be nice to suggest ways of going beyond all of the systems of the world to the economy of the city of Enoch, where there are no concentrations of wealth, but all are equal partakers of the heavenly gift.

    It’s not capitalism. It’s not Soviet or Chinese style communism. It is described in Acts, in 4th Nephi, in the 42nd section of the D&C, and in the Book of Moses, but never in a completely secular setting. Does that mean there is no way to approximate it until the whole country is converted? I think that excuse is a big cop out. It seems to me that the Lord expects us to do much better than the dismal economy that we now have in this country.

    I think that Chavez is doing the best he can with the limited light and knowledge that he has been given. I wish Obama had his guts and conviction to stick with the populist promises that he made during his election campaign. I would rather have Chavez as president of this couontry than Obama or McCain. But Nader would have been the best of all!

  16. 17 theradicalmormon August 17, 2009 at 4:21 am

    Amen Forest,
    Well said. I am wary of the clamping down on the press in Venezuela, but I am well aware of the complicity of the press in the coup of 2002 was it? Traditionally, the press of these latin American nations have been infiltrated by the CIA etc and funded to report on events in their nation in line with the US imperial agenda. This was well demonstrated in Nicaragua with La Prensa.
    I am with you in siding with Chavez over both of our corporate parties here. And Nader has been my man for 4 elections now.

    I agree with you on the type of economy we ought to be seeking after. I am for utopia (Zion), and will settle for no less. However, until we get there, we will have to make do with whatever improvements we can make in our government. True capitalism cannot be ruled out, but we have never had true capitalism. We have corporate welfare and a government controlled by big business and secret combinations. Democratic socialism is my favorite utopia alternative, but it is never allowed to thrive as there is too much money at stake to let it succeed. Lycurgus did some interesting things in ancient Greece towards a utopian society but he was wiped out. Whenever we have someone like a Salvadore Allende or a Ho Chi Minh, he is always forced into a corner and either killed or forever marginalized. Even Zelaya of Honduras cannot raise the minimum wage there without being ousted. Aristide of Haiti is the same. Chavez, Morales and Correa are clinging to power now with the popularity of their movements among the majority of their constituents which are the poor of their country. It is interesting to see Ortega in Nicaragua after he was forced out as Pres. by US funding of the opposition in the 80s. Jacobo Arbenz was banished by the US back in the day when he was trying to make Chiquita Banana play fair for the poor in his country.

    Utopia is not given a chance when any hint of it springs up. Satan is doubtless at the head of the forces fighting against it. So much of the fury of our secret combinations are aimed at Latin America’s socialist endeavors that it is no surprise to me that the time will come when the remnant of Jacob will be among the Gentiles like a lion to tear to pieces.

    As for me though, I should make it clear that I am for Utopia. I long for a place like the City of Enoch. I think that we have to raise up men who are like Enoch in stature before God who will lead the people to the New Jerusalem sooner than later, that the forces of Satan will have no power to stop us as he couldn’t stop Enoch either. At least we have to strive to stop our foolish government, which is controlled by the secret combinations of the day, from attacking the movements that are helpful to the poor and underrepresented in Latin America and around the world. That is something that we can do right away. I think the Lord requires it of those of us who can see the situation clearly.

  17. 18 Forest Simmons August 18, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Bien dicho!

    The more I ponder that scripture (referenced three times by the resurrected Lord, as well as constituting Mormon’s last words to the Gentiles) the more I think that chapters three through five of Helaman is the type of what it is describing.

    The greatest conversion of the lamanites didn’t happen until after they went among the Nephites like a young lion. Then in a space of less than a year the more part of the Lamanites (who out numbered the Nephites by an order of magnitude) were converted.

    After Jacob as a young lion brings us Gentiles to our knees, then we will see the really great and marvelous part of the Great and Marvelous work. The whole third world will be gathered in within a very short time after that. If you are discouraged with your missionary efforts now, don’t worry; the time will come when the easily entreated will be standing in line to join with Zion.

  18. 19 theradicalmormon August 19, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I’ve always thought that Helaman 5 would be the way missionary work is to be carried out in the latter days, especially in combination with verses in D&C 45 saying thins like this:

    68 And it shall come to pass among the wicked, that every man that will not take his sword against his neighbor must needs flee unto Zion for safety.
    69 And there shall be gathered unto it out of every nation under heaven; and it shall be the only people that shall not be at war one with another.

    Gathering to be happening during war conditions is exactly what Helaman 5 shows us. Combine that with D&C 35:

    13 Wherefore, I call upon the weak things of the world, those who are unlearned and despised, to thrash the nations by the power of my Spirit;
    14 And their arm shall be my arm, and I will be their shield and their buckler; and I will gird up their loins, and they shall fight manfully for me; and their enemies shall be under their feet; and I will let fall the sword in their behalf, and by the fire of mine indignation will I preserve them.
    15 And the poor and the meek shall have the gospel preached unto them, and they shall be looking forth for the time of my coming, for it is nigh at hand—

    And you’ve got a picture of missionary work in the latter days Nephi and Lehi style IMHO.

    However, I’ve never connected Helaman 5 and the remnant of Jacob tearing up the gentiles though. As you mentioned, that saying is quoted 3 times by the Lord in 3rd Nephi and it is also found in Mormon 5 and D&C 87. Very good food for thought. Thanks Forest.

  19. 21 theradicalmormon August 20, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Thanks for the reference Forest. A very appropriately grim picture is being painted by Roberts and I noticed near the end the mention of the possibility of hostilities in South America. It is pretty idiotic that we are putting an increased military presence in Colombia, on the border of Venezuela and Ecuador. Obama is asking for trouble there. He is definitely no peacemaker. Of course, he follows obediently his handlers instructions. No President in the USA has ever made it to office without first proving to the powers that be that they would be obedient to the imperial dictates.

    One other thing that occured to me about the scenario you made above in relation to Helaman 3-5 is the fact that the nation of the Nephites was in grave danger and one might even say that their very constitution was threatened and hung by a thread. I wonder if it isn’t the case that the threatening of our constitution might occur in such a way. I really like the recollections of Mosiah Hancock in what he personally heard from Joseph Smith when he was but 10 years old. I realize that this recollection could be suspect due to Mosiah’s age at the time of hearing his words. He apparently heard these words from Joseph alone in a blacksmith’s shop less than 10 days before Joseph was killed:

    “The United States will spend her strength and means warring in foreign lands until other nations will say, “Let’s divide up the lands of the United States”, then the people of the U. S. will unite and swear by the blood of their fore-fathers, that the land shall not be divided.

    “Then the country will go to war, and they will fight until one half of the U. S. army will give up, and the rest will continue to struggle. They will keep on until they are very ragged and discouraged, and almost ready to give up–when the boys from the mountains will rush forth in time to save the American Army from defeat and ruin. And they will say, ‘Brethren, we are glad you have come; give us men, henceforth, who can talk with God’. Then you will have friends, but you will save the country when its liberty hangs by a hair, as it were”.

  20. 22 cephalopod65 September 18, 2009 at 1:06 am

    …and “the boys from the mountains” are who exactly?

  21. 23 cephalopod65 September 18, 2009 at 1:15 am

    well good luck getting elected anywhere david blomstrom haha scorpi2000 maybe you as well as forrest griffin and theridiculous mormon should pay attention to what people who are actually from there have to say about Chavez, well the ones that actually left Venezuela because i’m sure their internet is censored just like the rest of their media… Some freedom huh…

  22. 24 theradicalmormon September 18, 2009 at 5:22 am

    Cephalopod,
    Your understand of the freedom of the media in Venezuela is sorely mistaken. The media in Venezuela is much more harsh in it’s criticism of government than what we see in the USA despite scary stories coming from Venezuelan opposition types. There have been no reports of internet censorship. Funny though, now that you mention it, that is one of the things the Obama administration has brought up for emergency situations in the USA as a possibility.

  23. 25 cephalopod65 September 18, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    excuses, excuses… anyways who are these “boys from the mountains” who are going to save the American Army…

  24. 26 cephalopod65 September 19, 2009 at 4:12 am

    anybody…?

  25. 27 theradicalmormon September 19, 2009 at 6:28 am

    These would be men of God, in particular, Mormon elders, according to the line of reasoning associated with Mosiah Hancock’s recollection of what Joseph Smith said. This is not official church doctrine. However, there are precedents where men of God have put an end to war by the word and power of God. There’s Enoch in the Book of Moses where this occured:

    13 And so great was the faith of Enoch that he led the people of God, and their enemies came to battle against them; and he spake the word of the Lord, and the earth trembled, and the mountains fled, even according to his command; and the rivers of water were turned out of their course; and the roar of the lions was heard out of the wilderness; and all nations feared greatly, so powerful was the word of Enoch, and so great was the power of the language which God had given him.
    14 There also came up a land out of the depth of the sea, and so great was the fear of the enemies of the people of God, that they fled and stood afar off and went upon the land which came up out of the depth of the sea.
    15 And the giants of the land, also, stood afar off; and there went forth a curse upon all people that fought against God;

    Then there’s the story in the Book of Helaman, chapter 5 where Nephi and Lehi went and preached the Gospel in the middle of enemy territory and so great was their faith that their enemies were converted to the Gospel and immediately sought to right the wrongs they had committed against the people they were fighting against, effectively ending a long and terrible war.

    Whether this sort of thing will occur in our near future or not, I don’t know, but I don’t have any doubt that God can give great power to man and that things may very well play out as Mosiah recalls the prophet’s words above.

  26. 28 cephalopod65 September 20, 2009 at 5:59 am

    so youre going to shoot lightning bolts out of your ass and save the U.S. army is that right? If that little scenario mentioned above is your fantasy then I just have to ask how is your shot-group?

  27. 29 theradicalmormon September 20, 2009 at 6:12 am

    You asked a question and I answered it. If you want to belittle the power of God instead of searching out knowledge that will lead to your eternal salvation that is your choice. If you have any sort of belief in God though, you should know that his ways are higher than our ways and that his thoughts higher than ours and that nothing is impossible to those that trust in him.

  28. 30 cephalopod65 September 20, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    no, i’m belittling your fantasy that youre going to save the world… I’ve also heard that God helps those who help themselves, i’m pretty sure if I were him I wouldn’t help some jackass from fucking Seattle of all places who wants a 2-bit latin American schmuck like Chavez to run the UNITED STATES of AMERICA, are you freaking kidding me?

  29. 31 theradicalmormon September 21, 2009 at 5:10 am

    I perceive that you are not worth talking to further.

  30. 32 themeekmormon September 27, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    While on the subject of Venezuela I have always wondered about the status of the Venezuela mission since the US missionaries were withdrawn in 2005. I wonder if the mission is still functioning with missionaries from the rest of the world? I assume it is. Even if ‘El Presidente’ subscribes to the Norm Chomsky world view, wouldn’t it be desirable to have 19-21 year Americans around to favorably influence if in fact socialism is such a benefit to the people of Venezuela? As to the media in Venezuela, I saw some of the the Miss Venezuela 2009 show that was quite elegant. I’ve also heard that TV in Venezuela consists of old US reruns and soap operas plus exhaustingly long monologues by ‘El Presidente.’ Perhaps the truth is somewhere in between.

  31. 33 theradicalmormon September 28, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Good question on the missionary work in Venezuela. Unfortunately, Pat Robertson saying that the US should kill Chavez and the actions of the New Tribes Mission sort of ruined it for all foreign missionaries in Venezuela. I do know that at the time it was seen as sort of an opportunity for the growth of the Church in Venezuela. 18 year olds were being called on missions instead of waiting to turn 19.

    “With missionary visas an issue, the number of missionaries continued to decrease. “So, the missionary force has to come from within. What an opportunity for this country!” wrote President Rogers. “The work continues to move forward.”

    A new native mission president was called. Since that time I don’t have any good news source. Anyone know what’s going on?

  32. 34 sunnofabcrich October 6, 2009 at 3:23 am

    well if Venezuela is such a free utopian country you might have a good news source. Chavez is an insignificant totalitarian scumbag, face it.


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