The Chile-based pollster Latinobarómetro asked people across the region: What is the most important
issue in your country? Crime and unemployment were the most common answers in 2016, with
the latter clearly more of a concern across the region compared to five years ago. In Ecuador, worries
have shifted from security to the economy, due perhaps to the commodities slowdown. In contrast,
in Peru, the percentage citing crime more than doubled to 55 percent. The most striking story
comes from Venezuela, where a significant majority considered public security the main issue in
2011. Crime has only gotten worse, but people now point to scarcity of goods as a graver burden.