Disinfo: Far-right US stooge Guaido has low support in Venezuela

Summary

Juan Guaido, the US-recognized interim president of Venezuela, represents the fringe right segment of the anti-Maduro opposition.

Crowds at pro-Guaido rallies are shrinking by the day. The self-proclaimed president’s approval is much lower than Maduro’s.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative disinformation narrative about Juan Guaido and Venezuela.

Juan Guaido is not a far-right politician, nor an American stooge. He is the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela who stepped in as an interim president on the basis of the Venezuelan Constitution, after the mass protests in the country following the Presidential election. Juan Guaido was recognized as the interim president of Venezuela by at least 47 countries, against 14 which expressed their ongoing support for Nicolas Maduro.

No evidence testifying to shrinking crowds at Guaido rallies is supplied, although multiple opinion polls contradict the claim about the opposition leader's low public approval. Between 61% and 74.4% (p. 3) of respondents hold a favourable view of Juan Guaido, against Maduro's "all-time low" of 14%; between 63.3 (p. 9) and 77.9% (p. 14) recognize Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela, against 5-14.5% recognizing Maduro as such; 77% would support Guaido in an early presidential election, whereas 23% would vote for Maduro.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 144
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Venezuela, US
  • Keywords: Juan Guaido, Nicolas Maduro, Coup, Nazi/Fascist
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