According to the director of the polling firm Hinterlaces, Oscar Schemel, a new survey shows that 71 percent of Venezuelans have a positive view of the National Electoral Council (CNE) as the arbiter of the presidential elections on October 7 of this year.
In a radio interview, Schemel said that 7 out of 10 Venezuelans trust the CNE, which he believes means that Venezuelan society “will participate with confidence in the [electoral] process on October 7.”
Just 20 percent of those surveyed said they did not trust the CNE.
“If we could talk about a campaign of criticism of the CNE maybe it would have to do with a parallel strategy in the electoral campaign of some opposition sectors,” Shemel said.
He reiterated that voter preference for the incumbent, President Hugo Chávez, has been maintained around 48 percent, while 30 percent support Henrique Capriles Radonski. The gap in favor of Chávez, then, is at 18 percentage points.
“Among those that say they will definitely go and vote, which is more than 80 percent, the gap [in favor of Chávez] grows to 19 points and voter intention reaches 52 percent,” he said.
These results come from the latest report by Hinterlaces, called the Monitor País, based on data recorded from July 28 to August 5 based on a data sample of 1,500 interviews and a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percent.
YVKE Mundial/ Press Office- Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S./ August 21, 2012