Venezuelan gov't, parliament flunked
Survey shows 67.5% of the population is pessimistic about the Venezuelan economy
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."
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.