.- According to a national poll carried out during October and September of 2003 by researchers at the SimÃ³n BolÃvar University, the Catholic Church is considered the most trustworthy organization by Venezuelans.
The results were part of a study which surveyed 1,200 individuals from across the country, asking them to rate the level of trustworthiness of 20 organizations, including the Church.
The results indicate that 35.2% of those asked considered the Church extremely trustworthy. 25.4% said the Church was very trustworthy, 17.3% said it was somewhat trustworthy, and 12.1% said not very trustworthy.
60.6% of those polled said the Church was extremely or very trustworthy, a level of trust higher than that given to other institutions such as universities (52.6%) and the media (27.4%).
Of those the study identified as opposed to the Chavez government, 69.2% said the Church was extremely or very trustworthy, higher than any other organization referred to in the poll. Universities came in second with 61.7% and the media in third with 44.3%.