Official poll: Most Venezuelans regard anti-corruption efforts as insincere
A high as 55.7% do not deem anti-corruption efforts as appropriate
The telephone probe –carried out on July 15 and 16- suggests that 52.3% of interviewees fear that the claims of corruption are "a government strategy pretending to fight against corruption." Complaints are welcome –because of their motivation- by 37.8% of interviewees.
The survey includes a sample of 29.71% who call themselves government supporters; 22.29% claim to be independent and only 4.9% are dissenters.
Furthermore, half of the interviewees are afraid that the charges made "are not going anywhere."
A simple reason: there is oil galore, would suffice to explain Guyana's actions. Another explanation lies in the little or none efforts made by the Venezuelan government to thwart the move by the Guyanese. This is certainly not a new problem, but a problem only recently highlighted because oil is involved. But what other resources does the disputed area hold? For most of us it is a section on the map with black and white stripes on it, a depiction of something distant, alien, a nothingness not worth paying much attention to in geography classes back in elementary school.