Low approval rating plagues Venezuelan president
Posted: Monday, March 11, 2002
CNN - About 34 percent of Venezuelans evaluate Chavez's three-year government as "regular-to-good, good or very good," while 63 percent consider it "regular-to-bad, bad or very bad," according to the February 22-26 Datanalisis poll.
A December Datanalisis poll found similar results.
The populist former paratrooper, whose popularity was about 60 percent this time last year, has faced mounting discontent over a flailing economy and high crime.
Opponents have increasingly taken to the streets to demand that Chavez resign, claiming his verbal attacks on Catholic bishops, news media and business elite are fueling class divisions in the impoverished South American nation. MORE