March 2, 2014

Venezuela Will Erode, Not Explode

Ian Bremmer, Reuters

The Associated Press

While the international media focuses on the opposition protests, Maduro’s approval ratings are still hovering above 40 percent, and the ruling PSUV party retains important levels of support, as was clear in its performance during last year’s December regional elections. The protests have not spread significantly beyond the opposition, nor have they infiltrated Maduro’s Chavista base; in fact, they present an opportunity for the president to shore up his support and legitimacy among his hardline supporters.

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