Views of Venezuela’s Chavez Have Hardened in the Region – and at Home

17 02 2009

URL: http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1114/chavez-venezuela-referendum-popularity-region. Source: PewResearch.org.

On February 15, Venezuelans will head to the polls to vote on a constitutional amendment that would eliminate term limits for the office of president, permitting current President Hugo Chavez to seek a third term.

Since he was first elected in 1999, Chavez has often portrayed himself as a regional leader, at the forefront of a new era of Latin American populism. However, in many Latin American countries, Chavez fails to inspire much confidence.

In fact, polling by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project suggests that negative views of Chavez are on the rise in several key Latin American nations.

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