Venezuela’s blurry picture from afar
by Christian Burgazzi
Who will be Venezuela’s next president?
Lately, the international media has been releasing different poll numbers regardingthe Venezuelan presidential elections, which have given a large advantage to thepresident-candidate, and are not believed by Venezuelans because they have other
ways of perceiving the country’s reality, like the voices heard in the streets, which
speak loud and clear.
What is happening with the polls in Venezuela? Who are we supposed tobelieve?
The confusing situation generated by the disparity among the different polls inVenezuela, should motivate news media to dig deeper before printing headlineswithout further analysis. Some of the news media that have given the matter a veryshallow treatment, will face challenges to compete with the social networks, whichare much faster and effective today to spread news without processing or analysis.Therefore, one must go beyond the headlines to understand the situation and avoidthat those October 7th results, surprise the not properly informed general public,especially outside of Venezuela.
There are two factors that affect the polls’ credibility in Venezuela, and they are
confirmed in Iñaki Sagarzazu, PhD, who runs a blog dedicated solely to Venezuelanpolitics:http://yvpolis.blogspot.com.Iñaki is a Venezuelan professor who teaches
Politics at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He presents us with the followingexplanatory graphs:1.
There has been a very high level of scattered opinions in the results of several polls, outside what the regular range is in other countries, like, forexample, Mexico and the United States, which is holding their ownpresidential elections this same year.