A Chilean firm regularly undertakes The Latinobarómetro poll
. The Economist reports - HERE
I am nooo fan of Chavez - but this year's edition has some surprisingly positive indicators on how he's doing.
1) "Just 31% (up from 27% last year) think their country is progressing. Only in Chile and Venezuela do a majority see progress."
2) When the question is, "How satisfied are you with the way democracy works in your country?", 'only' some 42% in Venezuela said "not very" or "not at all". This is a more positive result than for any other country shown in the table, except Uruguay. Moreover, it's down from 55% last year and 68% in 1996.
3) When the question is, "What is your opinion of the United States?", Chavez's position turns out to be taking root among his citizens too: the balance in Venezuela between "(very) good" and "(very) bad" is some -8. That compares with some +23 last year and +59 in 2000, and is the third-lowest among the countries listed (above only Argentine and Uruguay).
4) Finally, there's how Latin-Americans in general see Chavez. He is graded, on average, 5,0: distinctly lower than Lula, but better than Bush (4,8) and Castro (4,3).