CARACAS, Thursday February 16, 2006 | Update
About 66 percent of Venezuelans plan to vote President Hugo
Chávez next December 3rd, according to a survey conducted
by North American Opinion Research Inc. and disclosed Thursday,
The poll, with a margin of error of 2.2 percent, was conducted nationwide from January 28th to February 5th, 2006. A total of 2,617 door-to-door interviews with all social sectors were made.
The opposition candidate who ranked best was Primero Justicia's Julio Andrés Borges, with 4 percent of the intention to vote.
Intention to vote all opposition candidates in the aggregate reached 13 percent. Around 21 percent does not know, is not ready to vote, or does not like any candidate.
The company based in Pennsylvania, United States, and operating in Venezuela since 1997, disclosed the results and features of the enquiry during a meeting in Caracas with foreign reporters.
As for abstention, 60 percent of interviewed claimed to be prepared to vote; 15 percent was "quite decided;" 8 percent was "somewhat decided," and 3 percent, "slightly decided."
The remaining 14 percent accounts for those who are still undecided, are not ready to vote, or did not answer.
Curiously, the survey found that most Venezuelans link the future of the "Bolivarian revolution" with President Chávez' leadership.
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.