December 4, 2007

Chavez’s Unpopularity in Latin America

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Large majorities in many of Venzuela’s Latin American neighbors say they have little or no confidence in Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, who suffered a substantial setback in last Sunday’s elections in his own country.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is widely recognized, and widely mistrusted, throughout Latin America — in Chile and Brazil, about three-quarters express doubts about Chavez (75% and 74%, respectively), and nearly as many in Peru (70%) say the same. In fact, majorities in both Brazil (56%) and Peru (53%) say they have “no confidence at all” in Chavez to do the right thing regarding world affairs, according to the latest Pew Global Attitudes Survey. Smaller majorities in Mexico (66%) and Bolivia (59%) say they have little or no confidence in Chavez, while in Argentina, views on Chavez are mixed: 40% say they have a lot or some confidence in the Venezuelan president, while 43% disagree. In the United States, a 55% majority expresses little (17%) or no confidence (38%) in Chavez’s leadership, while just 18% say they have some or a lot of confidence in him. This is comparable to opinion in other Western nations, though in many countries Chavez is not widely known. Read More