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Eighty-three percent of Venezuelans reject discontinuation of RCTV

A survey conducted by polling firm Hinterlaces, following discontinuation of private television station RCTV, shows that 83 percent of the Venezuelan population rejects the fact that the oldest TV channel in the country went off the air, while 14 percent endorsed the government move not to renew RCTV broadcast license and 3 percent refused to answer.

For 74 percent of respondents, the government move means that democracy is at stake in Venezuela, and only 19 percent claimed the decision strengthened democracy in the country.

Hinterlaces conducted the survey last May 28-30 in 15 Venezuelan states (Zulia, Miranda, Distrito Capital, Carabobo, Lara, Aragua, Anzoátegui, Bolívar, Táchira, Sucre, Falcón, Mérida, Barinas, Guárico and Vargas), with an error margin of 4.7 percent. The firm made the phone survey among 909 people -both women and men- of legal age, who were randomly selected from a national database comprising over 27,000 people.

The survey concluded that only 12 percent of the population has not watched the newly created public service Venezuelan Social Television Station (TVes), which replaces RCTV. However, 70 percent branded TVes as a pro-government television channel, while 17 percent said it is an independent TV station.

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