Venezuelan Leader's Popularity Inches up to 25 Percent: Poll

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's popularity inched up to 25 percent in March, according to leading local pollster Datanalisis, after the United States declared Venezuela a security threat and ordered sanctions against seven officials. "Maduro has a 25 percent popularity level," Datanalisis said in a tweet on Tuesday, citing its president Luis Vicente Leon. That's up from the low 20s, though Leon suggested the difference was within the margin of error. The diplomatic flare-up's effect can only go so far in distracting a country with near 70 percent inflation, the world's second highest murder rate and shortages of basic goods including milk and diapers.