Following February 15th's referendum for a constitutional amendment, the approval ratings of President Hugo Chávez continue to increase. His approval rating in March is at 71.2%, beating his average of 69.3% in 2008.
The latest surveys by Félix Seijas of the Venezuelan Institute of Analysis and Data (IVAD) provided these figures.
The nation-wide poll, which took place between March 13th and 23rd, reflects the opinion of 1,200 people interviewed in Venezuela’s largest cities. It contains a margin of error between 1.03% and 2.37%.
51.7% of the population surveyed affirmed that the country’s general situation is good, that unemployment has declined, as have economic hardship and shortages of products markets, and that support for health, education and housing policies has increased.
Upon being asked which political party they identified with, 34.5% of respondents named the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), which affirmed its place as the country’s most popular party, ahead of Primero Justicia (3.7%), Un Nuevo Tiempo (3.4%), Acción Democrática (3.8%) and Podemos (1.8%).
Regarding the electoral results of the referendum for a constitutional amendment, the survey showed that 62% of Venezuelan reaffirmed the transparency of the National Electoral Council.
It is worth noting that last February, U.S.-based North American Opinion Research, Inc. (Naroinc.) published its own nation-wide survey. This poll showed that over the past ten years, President Hugo Chávez has had an approval rating of approximately 62.5%.
These studies show that the Venezuelan people are widely in favor of the job performance of President Chávez and that the citizens support the President’s public policies. They also confirm the PSUV as the preferred political party in Venezuela.
Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / March 27, 2009