CARACAS, Friday September 06, 2013 | Update

Venezuelan gov't, parliament flunked

Survey shows 67.5% of the population is pessimistic about the Venezuelan economy

Friday September 06, 2013  01:52 PM
Venezuelan's view of the economy has been more negative since the presidential election held in April. In a survey held by the Venezuelan Data Analysis Institute (IVAD), disclosed by opposition campaign team Simón Bolívar, the population believed the economy showed no good signs in June (61.8%), July (65.3%), and August (67.5%).

Based on the poll, the country political situation was considered "unstable" (66.9%), and if a presidential election had been held in August 21-28, opposition leader Henrique Capriles would have pulled off victory with 43.1% of votes as against Maduro with 39.8%. Furthermore, people (48.3%) expressed their disagreement with the fact Nicolás Maduro was elected president, and 44.6% them said "Nicolás Maduro has ruined Hugo Chávez's legacy (late Venezuelan president) during his administration."

The poll showed 57.4% of the population disagrees with Parliament Speaker Diosdado Cabello's behavior. In the case of Parliament itself, 52% of interviewees look forward to hearing debates about how to "boost national production and reduce inflation and shortage." Meanwhile, 21.5% wants to see debates aimed at "stopping insecurity." The rest prefer debates on how "to ensure jobs for everyone" and how "to improve the situation of schools and hospitals."
Venezuelan metallurgic industries stay alert

According to inner surveys performed by the Venezuelan Association of Metallurgical and Mining Industries (AIMM), where 160 metallurgic companies were taken into consideration, 90% of the companies members of this association are "distressed because of their existence or survival in the short term," stated Manuel Eseverri, president of this association.

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