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  • Supporters of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro attend a rally against U.S. President Donald Trump in Caracas.

    Supporters of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro attend a rally against U.S. President Donald Trump in Caracas. | Photo: Reuters

Published 15 August 2017

A new poll shows that people in Venezuela repudiate U.S. attempts to intervene with force.

A new poll has found that around 86 percent of people in Venezuela are against international military intervention that would remove the democratically-elected government of President Nicolas Maduro.

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About 71 percent of Venezuelans also disagree with the decision by the United States to apply economic sanctions against Venezuela, according to a report by the company Hinterlaces.

The figures come after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said that the United States would "bring the full measure of American economic and diplomatic power to bear" to see "democracy restored" in Venezuela. His remarks came just days after U.S. President Donald Trump said he wouldn't rule out a “military option” in the country.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Argentine President Mauricio Macri both said the region would not accept a military intervention in Venezuela, after their respective meetings with Pence.

Around 67 percent of Venezuelans support the upcoming presidential elections which are scheduled to be held in 2018. The Venezuelan opposition has demanded elections since they began anti-government protests in April.

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The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has long made calls for peace, dialogue, and negotiated solutions to resolve an ongoing crisis stemming from right-wing opposition protests that have claimed over 120 lives.

In the survey, it was also reported that 66 percent of Venezuelans would prefer that Maduro's government take effective measures and resolve the country's economic problems, while 30 percent would prefer an opposition government to undertake the task.

The report was done between July 22 and Aug. 9 through 1,580 telephone interviews in several cities in Venezuela.

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