Election Countdown: Poll Watching in Venezuela
Is Hugo Chavez sailing toward re-election? Or is challenger Henrique Capriles surging toward upset victory in Venezuela’s election? Your answer might depend on which of the country’s polls you’ve been following. Though major polling firms differ on where the race stands, they seem to agree that the final outcome is almost impossible to predict. We spoke with one of Venezuela’s top pollsters, Luis Vicente Leon, Director of Datanalisis, for an up to the moment analysis of the polling data and the dynamics of the race. Luis Vicente Leon is the Director of Datanalisis, Venezuela's leading polling firm. He is also a professor of economics and market research at the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello and at Instituto de Estudios Superiores en Administracion in Caracas. Since 1992, he has served as a specialist in economic, political, and social forecasting at Datanalisis.