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Chavez’s Approval Rating Rises to 59% Amid Battle With Cancer

October 04, 2011

Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s approval rating has risen to 58.9 percent since he announced that he had cancer, according to Caracas-based polling firm Datanalisis.

Chavez, who said he had a “baseball-sized tumor” removed from his pelvic area in June, has seen his popularity rise 10 percentage points since July, according to Datanalisis. The poll of 1,300 households, taken between Aug. 29 and Sept. 7, had a margin of error of 2.74 percent.

“The president has managed the information he reveals about his illness very well,” Datanalisis President Luis Vicente Leon said in a telephone interview. “Chavez always talks about the future. He shows himself to be a battler and he’s managed to get people to perceive him as such instead of a as a sick man in a critical state.”

Chavez has said he is planning to run for a third consecutive six-year term in an election scheduled for Oct. 7, 2012.

--Editors: Robert Jameson, Daniel Cancel

To contact the reporter on this story: Corina Rodriguez Pons in Caracas at Charlie Devereux in Caracas at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Goodman at

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