Following the Maduro government’s unconstitutional ban preventing presidential candidate Maria Corina Machado from running, the opposition coalition is evaluating its options ahead of July 28 presidential elections. While the vote will be neither free nor fair, the opposition continues to see a critical opportunity in the coming months as the election approaches—either for mass mobilization or for electoral participation against the odds.

The path forward is narrow, and the opportunity is slim. But the polling data is clear: Venezuelans of all stripes are eager for a political opening, and for the restoration of their country’s democratic institutions. Even still, many questions remain. How do Venezuelans feel about the ban on Machado, as well as the ban on her substitute, Corina Yoris? What are their views on electoral participation, or on mobilization, in the weeks and months to come? How do Venezuelans see the role of the United States and international community at a crucial moment for the country’s political future?  

As July 28 approaches, please join the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center on Tuesday, April 2 at 5:00 pm ET / 17:00 Caracas time for a panel discussion with prominent Venezuelan pollsters on how the Venezuelan public perceives the path ahead. 

The conversation will be hosted in-person at the Atlantic Council Studios (1030 15th St NW, Washington DC), as well as livestreamed via the YouTube links above at the time of the event. The event will be held in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation to English available for virtual participants.  

This event is part of AALAC’s ongoing commitment to finding a solution to Venezuela’s political and economic crisis, and is part of our work to support a democratic path forward. For more information, see our announcement of the new Venezuela Solutions Group and our August 2023 issue brief dedicated to expediting implementation of the UN humanitarian accord.  


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