Latin Americans demand greater wealth redistribution

Despite continuing economic growth and a year of elections across the continent, results of a new study demonstrate mixed levels of satisfaction with the state of democracy in Latin America. Disillusionment in the free market seems to be less pronounced in Mexico and Brazil, the two largest and most stable economies. Elsewhere however there are demands for more intervention by the state, in part to create greater economic redistribution, perhaps explained by raised expectations in a time of economic growth. Most disaffected appear to be the Peruvians and Paraguayans. Fears over inequality perhaps explain the support for Hugo Chavez amongst the poor of Venezuala despite 63% of the population stating it has problems paying monthly bills. Elsewhere, the poll results show that fear of crime comes close to having replaced fear of unemployment as the regions perceived greatest problem. Beyond this the biggest fears are for the economy and corruption. Latinobarómetro, is a non-profit organisation based in Santiago, Chile. The poll was taken by local opinion-research companies in 18 countries and involved 20,212 face-to-face interviews between September 7th and October 8th 2007. Further details from For more commentary on the report try the Economist (in English) or O Estado (Portugues)