Most Venezuelans say Maduro should step down this year

Two-thirds of Venezuelans want to see end of Maduro’s presidency this year, according to poll

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

An opposition supporter holds a sign that reads - "Maduro resign now! The sovereign does not love you" - during a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, March 12, 2016.

Just under two-thirds of Venezuelans think this year should be Nicolas Maduro's last as president as the opposition pushes to oust him, according to a leading pollster, amid an economic crisis.

Socialist-run Venezuela's struggling state-led economic model and a fall in the price of oil, its biggest export, have led to acute shortages of everything from rice to contraceptives, leading to three-digit inflation and a profound recession.

Some 63.6 percent of Venezuelans say Maduro should be removed through a recall referendum if he doesn’t quit this year, while some 29.3 percent of Venezuelans want him to keep serving until his mandate ends in 2019, according to the poll seen by Reuters on Saturday.

In February, 90.9 percent of those surveyed by pollster Datanalisis said they viewed the country's situation as negative.

But Maduro's approval rating edged up to 33.1 percent from 32 percent in January, with negative views slipping to 63.4 percent from 66.4 percent.

The opposition needs to collect some 3.9 million signatures in three days, approved by the national electoral board, so a referendum can take place within the next three months.

TRTWorld, Reuters