Venezuela: Polls says 62% want ruling socialists to stay in gov't

The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) is held its primaries on June 28. Photo: TeleSUR.

The latest study from polling firm Hinterlaces shows that 62% of Venezuelans want the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) to stay in government.

In the survey, conducted from June 7 to 16 and based on 1200 interviews nationwide, Venezuelan respondents were asked: “Would you prefer that the government of President [Nicolas] Maduro remains in office to rectify and resolve the economic problems of the country, or that the opposition become government?”

Of those that responded, 62% favoured Maduro's government continuing in office, while 33% of respondents favoured the opposition taking over reins of government. The margin of error for the survey is ± 2.7%.

For several months, shortages in basic goods and queues for subsidised products have been a concern for many Venezuelans. Maduro has accused opposition sectors and private enterprises of engaging in an economic war to destabilise his government and pledged to act against hoarding and speculation.

On June 28, the PSUV held primary elections for the party’s candidates in parliamentary elections set for December. The PSUV has sought to promote inclusiveness in the primaries, especially among women and youth. Only 15% of candidates were over 50 years old and more than half were women.

More than 3.1 million people took part in the primaries across the country, and elected 98 people from 1162 candidates. Of those elected, about 30% were women.

[Compiled from TeleSUR English.]

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