Contrary to what Americans hear constantly from the media, Venezuelans have a poor opinion of their president, Hugo Chavez, and a positive opinion of Americans and the United States.
The intense propaganda machine installed by Chavez in the U.S. (that costs the Venezuelan Embassy well over a million dollars per year) is trying to sell U.S. public opinion on the idea that Hugo Chavez is universally loved by Venezuelans while the United States is bitterly hated.
In fact, neither of these two claims is correct, judging by all credible polls, both in Venezuela and outside the country. In Venezuela the most professional and respected polling company, Hinterlaces, produced its poll for the month of June, with a 95% reliability. Some of the results are quite interesting:
• Hugo Chavez is rejected by 43% of those polled and approved of by
•Attacks against the U.S. by Chavez are rejected by 75% of participants and approved of by 14%;
• To give money away to other countries, as Chavez is doing from the Venezuelan oil largess, received the support of only 9% of those polled, while 87% rejected it;
• The pretense of Chavez to re-elect himself indefinitely by modifying the existing constitution is rejected by 63% of those asked and approved of by 19%.
• 81% of Venezuelans would generally like to see new political leadership in the country.
This column was written by Gustavo Coronel ( a former member of the Venezuelan congress).
So it is not as bad as the MSM and the idiots in Hollywood have been saying. Imagine that.