Venezuela's former socialist President Hugo Chavez remains the most popular president in the country’s history, according to a recent poll by the independent think tank Hinterlaces.
According to the poll, carried out between February 13 and 23, 79 percent of the people surveyed believed that Chavez was the country’s most beloved president, while former Democratic Action leader Carlos Andres Perez ranked second with only 13 percent.
Chavez is also perceived as being Venezuela’s most democratic president, with 51 percent of the vote, and the country's most efficient president, with 57 percent of the vote.
Sixty-one percent of respondents also think he was “most concerned” with the plight of the country’s poor while 83 percent say he was the president who showed "the most leadership” nationally.
Although Chavez's successor, Nicolas Maduro, has a comparatively low approval rate among the population, 77 percent of respondents disapprove of the opposition's initiative at the National Assembly to hold a political trial against him.
Another survey conducted by Consulta Mitofsky between December 2016 and February 2017 showed that Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's approval rate has fallen down to 17 percent — the lowest rate of his term, initiated in December 2012, and the lowest rate ever reached by any Mexican president since 1988. The poll interviewed 3,000 people.