May 15, 2007


Quico says: According to the latest Hinterlaces poll, two out of three Venezuelans disagree with the proposal for indefinite re-election, and four out of five (including a majority of chavistas) don't want oppo broadcaster RCTV shut down.

"The president's case for socialism doesn't receive the backing of the majority," Hinterlaces big cheese Oscar Schemel says, "instead, the term is associated with social programs and solidarity, rather than a new social and economic order."

Chávez's positive job performance rating is now on 40% - down 9 points since November. An eye-popping 3 out of 10 of the people who voted for him last December wish they hadn't.

"More than a socialist citizens, what we see arising is a liberal citizen."

Listen to Schemel's spiel on my spiffy new podcast player: