If I’m understanding this poll correcty, people were asked if they had paid a bribe in the last year. While 27% of Venezuelans answered yes, 33% of Mexicans and 36% of Bolivians answered yes.
Wait. A. Minute. Regular Venezuelans would find it hard to distinguish a bribe from a regular business transaction. This, after all, is a country where pirated movies are sold in shopping malls … in regular stores … with signs and everything. This is a country where people don’t think that Cadivi is a scam, and where they feel entitled to cheap gasoline. Who is to say my country-men and -women are good judges as to what constitutes a bribe?
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