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  • Opposition protesters have occupied Venezuelan streets for over a month.

    Opposition protesters have occupied Venezuelan streets for over a month. | Photo: Reuters

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Over three dozen people have died since opposition-led protests aimed at toppling the government began in early April.
 

Over half of the Venezuelans surveyed by Monitor Pais believed that the “the main people responsible for promoting violent demonstrations should be imprisoned,” polling firm Hinterlaces on Monday.

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Out of the 1,500 people who participated in the poll, only 61 percent believed those involved in protest violence should face jail time.

The poll also suggested many hold the country's opposition as responsible, with 59 percent of those polled saying they “trusted the opposition less” after the recent wave of violence that have shaken the country in the past weeks. Thirty-two percent of respondents “trusted opposition leaders more.”

In terms of Venezuela's politics, 65 percent "agreed" that presidential elections should be held in 2018, despite calls from the opposition to hold an early vote.

The study, with 95 percent accuracy and 2.5 percent margin error, revealed that almost three-quarters of Venezuelans (72 percent) consider dialogue between the government and the opposition to be “important.”

Over three dozen people have died since opposition-led protests aimed at toppling the government began in early April.

Though opposition protests have been largely peaceful, small groups have sparked violence. And while many opposition supporters blame the violence on the government and state forces, a number of public officials, police, government supporters, and bystanders have been among the victims.

The latest waves of protests came in response to President Maduro’s recent announcement to call a National Constituent Assembly with the aim of easing political tensions and supporting dialogue with the opposition.

Earlier Monday, 17 opposition parties accepted to meet with the government to discuss the national constituent assembly, while right-wing parties in the MUD coalition are still refusing to sit with the government.

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