POLITICS
International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center publishes fresh survey
19 July, 2019
A new nationwide public opinion survey of Georgian citizens by the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights in Survey Research shows that a large majority of Georgians regard unemployment and other economic issues as the most important problems facing the country.

As IRI says, this survey does not capture the aftermath of protests that began on June 20, but the survey does, however, demonstrate a significant level of disenchantment with government attitudes toward Russia and frustration at economic and political stagnation
across a broad spectrum of the Georgian population.

“Georgians are worried about the economy, and many see their own economic situation deteriorating,” said IRI Regional Director for Eurasia Stephen Nix. “Left unaddressed, feelings of economic stagnation can lead to a very fragile political environment, especially when accounting for ongoing pressures coming from Moscow. It is of paramount importance that all parties come together to address these basic and long-standing voter concerns.”

According to the survey, 73 % of Georgians identified unemployment as one of the biggest problems facing the country, followed by the cost of living (34 percent) and poverty (28 percent). Consistent with last year’s findings, 40 percent of Georgians noted that their financial situation has remained unchanged over the last 12 months, and 49 percent of said that their financial situation has worsened over the same period.

Majority of respondents support ruling party in elections


International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights in Survey Research shows that majority of the respondents support the ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia party in elections.

According to the public opinion survey, which examines voting intentions of respondents if parliamentary polls were held the following Sunday, the ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia currently has 26% support among respondents, followed by the National Movement/United Opposition - 22% and the European Georgia –Free Democrats – 7 %; the Alliance of Patriots - 5%; the Labor Party – 5%; the Public Movement - 2%; the Democratic Movement- United Georgia - 2%; the Movement for Building – 2 %; Girchi – 1 %; other – 1 %;

22% of respondents do not have the response or refused to answer.

52 percent of respondents think Georgian government can’t handle relationship with Russia well


International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights in Survey Research shows 71 percent of Georgians think that Russia’s aggression toward Georgia is ongoing — a level last reached in February 2014.

According to the same survey, the majority of Georgians regard Russia as Georgia’s greatest political and economic threat. Moreover, 52 percent of respondents do not believe that the current government has handled the relationship well.

This sense of pessimism was echoed in Georgians’ assessment of the government’s performance. Twenty-six percent of respondents struggled to name a government accomplishment, and 35 percent said that the government had no accomplishments. The most frequently named accomplishment was healthcare reform, named by 15 percent of respondents.

No other accomplishment rated more than 4 percent of all spontaneous mentions, and jobs and employment were not mentioned.

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