Maduro's phony "war on corruption" ain't selling…

On late March, Maduro said the country was “free of corruption”. Now, its a matter of national emergency.

Nicolas Maduro’s pretext to seek Enabling Powers is his plan to declare a state of national emergency to engage his “war on corruption”. But public opinion is not buying it.

El Universal published today results from a phone poll performed by SIBCI (State Media System) last month. More than half of respondents (52,3%) consider that the “war on corruption” is only a government P.R. strategy. In the same line, 55,7% believed that the measures taken by Maduro are “inadequate”. Only those who identify themselves in the poll as Chavista expressed its support of the government’s recent actions.

After this week’s disgraceful events, Maduro’s “war on corruption” has shown its true colors: curb, humiliate and prosecute political opponents to demoralize their voters while trying to rally a discontented Chavista base around him. But this poll suggests people are wise to his game.

For more detailed results of the SIBCI phone poll, check out this infographic.

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  1. Great job on that comparison, Gus.
    Oh, and for all you doubters out there, remember when I mentioned something that rhymes with Autoparlante?

  2. Honestly I don’t know jack about statistics, but someone once told me that in order to have a faithfull portrayal of anything and an accurate meassure, you need to have at least a 7% of the population you’re focusing on. Is this true? Or are there other mecanisms.

    The reason why I ask, is because the data presented only interviewed 1400 people, so I want to know if this poll is truly accurate to the perception of corruption in Venezuela.

  3. I think the official slogan of this official government campaign should be liberally stolen and repurposed…much like a certain tricolor cap.

    “Hay una corrupcion!”

    Didn’t Mr. Aveledo say that earlier today? Expropiar!

    A bonus: wouldn’t the irony of the statement, used by the government, be lost on most of the chavistas, including those that frequent this blog?

    There could even be a corruption threat gauge. You know, default is green, possible corruption is yellow, elevated risk of corruption: orange. And the threat of an imminent outbreak of pestilential corruption from new government programs (such as, say, a dollar auction mechanism) or rent-seeking burueaucrats? Rojo rojito!

  4. It’s time that the government of the B.R. of Venezuela finally act reasonably and place the blame on the foreign agents perturbing the national harmony. It goes contrary to common sense that the purest beacon of human achievement, the Chavista government, could be corrupt. Corruption must be the fault of those pesky guyanese. In fact, because of the risk of weapons of mass corruption, Venezuela should finally annex the “areas en reclamacion” in neighboring Guyana and finally show who’s in charge in South America.

  5. Well I kind of like that he is beating the legacy of his former master in order to save his presidency… We don’t need to destroy the revolution, the revolution will eat itself

  6. Maduro may have appeared phony in his anti-corruption message, the other day, in spite of solid training at the hands of Cuban apparatchiks, and his iron-fisted voice on the matter. Just so there is no mistaking the tone of his message and the direction of politics in Venezuela, out comes a milico to underscore a fight against corruption, not including Diosdado’s et al:


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