Analysis of Social Situation in Georgia Current situation alarms experts
28 April, 2011
Analysis of Social Situation in Georgia Current situation alarms experts

International polling center Gallup conducted a survey on social conditions in 124 countries. The survey sought to clarify opinions of population about current social situation and their expectations for the coming five years.

The survey revealed that in Georgia only 10% of respondents were content with living conditions; the rest – 90% were feeling utter discontent about it. Furthermore, 66% said they fight for survival, while another 24% complained that their life was a torment.
According to official figures, that is

the data from the agency of social services (March 2011), today in Georgia 1 670 606 people or 38.21% of population in Georgia live only to subsist. Only 441 144 of them or 10.1% of the whole population receive social assistance. Nearly same results came from Azeri and Armenian Gallup surveys. Namely, 12% and 10% of respondents in Armenia and Azerbaijan respectively were found to be content with their lives there. In contrast, 54% of the respondents in Armenia said they were fighting for survival, and another 34% indicated their lives were tormenting. Corresponding parameters in Azerbaijan were 70% and 20%.
It appears that living conditions in all South Caucasian countries are more or less identical. Georgian experts say this was to be expected. They claim such a situation is characteristic of people living in post-Soviet countries but is alarming indeed. The governments should do more to alleviate the lives of their citizens.
“One person can be happy for receiving a flower gift. Another one can be happy for receiving money. On the other hand, both of them can be unhappy simply because of co-living. The Authorities manipulate with economic data so that they do not reflect real daily life of ordinary people.”
“When an army trusts its leader, it feels content in the lost war more then the army which distrusts its leader in the won war. Therefore, the Authorities need to pay more attention to such questions because the kind of discontent that currently amasses in the Georgian public may explode.”
“Let us recall the life of Ossetians and Abkhazians in the Soviet Georgia and Russia. In Georgia they had everything. There were Ossetian and Abkhazian schools. They were taking advantage of certain preferences in high schools and so on. In Soviet Russia though, they had nothing, no privilege or preferential treatment.  We saw such a situation as something normal. We thought that everything was alright. However, Abkhazians and Ossetians were thinking without objectivity. Still they were not content about their status quo. What this discontent brought to bear is a well-known fact.”
Economic expert Soso Tsiskarishvili says the Gallup survey results are close to the reality:
The fact that only 10% of people in any of three South Caucasian countries feel satisfaction about their lives points to the very grim situation. I wonder how such results managed to emerge because in countries with not so democratic regimes citizens are not eager to reveal their discontent so openly. I am baffled where the survey authors found such brave respondents. Perhaps, the survey authors gave a firm guaranteed anonymity unlike their colleagues in some Georgian companies.”
“As for the results of this survey, they look real. They are interesting for summarizing ongoing processes not only inside particular countries but also in the entire regions. They allow enough room for more serious research and conclusions. It can be said that they depict the picture of grim reality and their non-recognition will make things even grimmer,” added Tsiskarishvili.

 

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