Saturday, December 02, 2006

Democratic leader Chavez heavily favored for third Venezuelan presidency

Venezuela is sharply polarized. Many poor people applaud Chavez's spending of oil income on health and education while some upper- and middle-class voters say he is a fledgling dictator determined to follow the lead of his ally, Cuba's Fidel Castro.

The most recent opinion survey, commissioned by the state oil company with a U.S. pollster, showed Chavez with a 19-point lead over Rosales.

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