An international polling organization recently carried out a survey throughout Haiti, questioning more that 5,000 Haitians from all areas, and all ways of life, as to their opinion of Jean-Claude Duvalier and their feelings with regard to his possible return to Haiti.
Their results are said to be plus or minus 3% with regard to accuracy of result.
78.67% were in favor of Duvalier’s return.
18.23 percent voiced negative feelings and the balance had no opinion.
The survey found that most of those questioned were born after Jean-Claude Duvalier’s departure into exile in February, 1986. Their opinions were influenced, to a large degree, by the feelings of their parents, and grandparents, who had lived under the presidencies of Francois Duvalier 1958-1971 and Jean-Claude Duvalier 1971- 1986. It would appear that, contrary to media representations, the Duvaliers, father and son, were loved and respected by Haiti’s vast peasant majority.
Their positive feelings have been reinforced by the disastrous series of governments, since Duvalier’s departure, that have seen the country slip downwards in all aspects of life. Their parents and grandparents tell the young people that things were positively better under Duvalier.
They say that there was law-and-order under Duvalier, tourism, investment, jobs and medical care. The majority maintain that educational standards were much higher with Duvalier and the existing schooling in Haiti is an obscene insult to the community.
A recent demonstration for Jean-Claude Duvalier drew over 15,000 people and some of the crowd is shown in this photograph as Veronique Duvalier speaks to her people.
Many believe that Duvalier can be a stabilizing influence in the present unstable situation.