More than eight out of ten Venezuelans oppose international
intervention, both military and non-military, in their country, as well
as the crippling sanctions imposed by the United States to force leftist
President Nicolás Maduro out of power.
According to a study conducted in early January 2019 by the local
polling firm Hinterlaces, 86 percent of Venezuelans would disagree with
international military intervention. And 81 percent oppose the US
sanctions that have gravely hurt the South American nation’s economy.
This poll was conducted before the Donald Trump administration launched a political coup in Venezuela
on January 23, attempting to replace its government with a right-wing
opposition that has made it clear that it seeks to impose neoliberal capitalist economic policies.
Hinterlaces is led by the independent pollster Oscar Schemel, who has
experience studying numerous elections in Venezuela and has a
pro-business perspective. Most polling firms in the country, such as the
competitor Datanálisis, tend to be pro-opposition. Hinterlaces is more
neutral, and often leans toward the government, although Schemel has
criticized some of Maduro’s economic policies...
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