Thursday, June 9, 2011

Why it's hard to fight a populist

A new poll has found that Venezuelans are almost evenly split on President Hugo Chavez's performance.
The survey by the Venezuelan polling firm Datanalisis shows 49 percent of respondents approve of Chavez's administration, while 46 percent do not.

The poll was released Monday and questioned 1,300 people from April 25 to May 5. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

Datanalisis director Luis Vicente Leon says the percentage of those who approve of Chavez is slightly higher than in December 2010, when it stood at 47 percent. Leon says the results show the country is divided "in two practically equal parts."

If you take freedom and property from half the people, and give it to the other half of the people, you remain popular with the half receiving all the benefits . . . until the contributors run out of property to steal.

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