Why the Venezuelan Elections Matter

The upcoming Venezuelan parliamentary elections on December 6 are taking place in a complicated political scenario.

Venezuela has been going through a very important social and economic transition ever since Hugo Chávez’s death and the subsequent transition of power to Nicolás Maduro. According to Datanálisis, a trusted Venezuelan polling site, 90 percent of the population is dissatisfied with the current situation, and Maduro’s approval rating this year is only 21 percent. In recent elections during the Chávez period, presidential job approval was the closest indicator of electoral results. For these legislative elections, polls suggest that the opposition will get over 60 percent of the votes.

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