Opposition Distrusts IRI Surveys
04 November, 2010
Opposition Distrusts IRI Surveys

The survey conducted by the International Republican Institute (IRI) from 27 September to 7 October caused widespread uproar.

The survey funded by the United States Agency for International Development held one-to-one interviews with 1500 citizens of Georgia, all of them aged 18 and above.
You should take note that 54% of survey respondents trust news and political information provided by Kviris Palitra newspaper. As you may know, this weekly newspaper is a periodical of the biggest media holding in Georgia, Palitra

Media and boasts largest circulation in the country. Our English-language newspaper Georgian Journal is also a part of it.
Majority of political opposition expressed its distrust to the political part of the survey. Almost unanimously they claim that it was tailor-made for the Authorities to try to unleash another PR campaign in the public.

 


According to the survey, Mikheil Saakashvili is number one among the political leaders, as 77% of the respondents allegedly support him. Besides, most of the population names him as a person who is capable of solving nagging issues of unemployment and territorial encroachment.
56% of respondents are reportedly backing the prospect of Saakashvili becoming the Prime-Minister as opposed to 22% who feel clearly negative about it. Most of the respondents say that they would vote for the National Movement, should elections be held next week.
Majority of the polled citizens name improvements in the energy sector, road infrastructure, crime rates and police as the most significant achievements of Georgian Government. In contrast, the Government failed to enact similarly successful advancements in military and economic spheres. Economy, healthcare and education are those spheres where the citizens think the Government should first undertake the reforms.
According to the respondents, relations of Georgia are most amicable with the United States, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and the EU. As for the most important partners, here the United States and Ukraine come to the fore. At the other end are countries which are seen as on worst terms with Georgia. These are Russia, followed by Armenia. According to the survey, the biggest threat Georgia faces comes from Russia.


55% of respondents support participation of Georgia in peacekeeping missions, while 27% oppose them and further 18% have no specific answer. 84% of the surveyed are in favor of a dialogue with Russia, while 12% only partially supports the idea and further 1% gives a partial consent on the matter. 91% of respondents express trust in the Church. The Georgian Army scored 87%, while police and the Presidential office follow with 84% and 65% respectively.
On the question – would you vote should local elections be held next week – responses came in the following order. 49% said they would certainly take part in the elections, 29% said they are likely to do it, 10% did not make a choice, 7% felt outright negative and the last 5% was likely to abstain.
The respondents were also asked to present their opinion about the decision of certain political parties to opt out of local elections. 35% of them categorically denounced the decision, 14% expressed their partial disagreement, 8% agreed, 17% agreed only partially and the last 26% did not give a specific answer.
During this IRI survey, whose results were published a few days ago, respondents were videotaped. This was revealed by daily Resonance newspaper. According to the source, during the survey they even recorded names of the respondents. “Of course, this comes in collision with survey principles undermining credibility of the survey results,” – reads the newspaper.
Some sociology experts cannot even recall similar facts for quantitative studies in the history of the discipline. They say it is unethical to record such a survey. When the survey is social-political, it is natural that its respondent is likely to reply in front of the camera in a specific manner to avoid future problems.


Psychology expert Nodar Sarjveladze does not believe in the fact of videotaped survey. In his interview with InterPressNews, Sarjveladze categorically rules out even the slightest possibility of videotaping and called the information a rumor.
“How could IRI have done it? If so, they have to close themselves down. It’s ruled out. I do not know who is behind these rumors. It is like saying white is black. If someone is colour-blind, it’s his or her problem,” Sarjveladze says.


According to Irakli Alasania, leader of Alliance for Georgia, similar survey would be held during the run-up elections: “Though, most important results other than the surveys will be the ones to be tabled on 30 May, the day of elections. For me, the survey is what I am doing now – meeting with people and listening to their problems and opinions. Surveys like the one by IRI would be held in droves in the run-up elections.”


Giorgi Gugava, one of the leaders of Labor Party said that he distrusts the IRI survey because its aim is to keep the Georgian population as a colony of slaves. The Labor Party appeals the US Congress with a request to set up a special group in order to investigate activities of those American officials who work against Georgia.

Print
Other Stories
Eka Beselia: “You will not be able to stop me, to make me stay silent, to disappear me!!!
MP Eka Beselia has posted an open letter on her Facebook page, following reports of sex tape leak.
CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX 2018: Georgia got 58 out of 100
According to the CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX 2018, Georgia scored 58 and was consequently ranked as 41 among 180 countries.
83% of Georgians support integration into the NATO, 78% into the EU – NDI
83% of NDI respondents support Georgia's integration into the EU, - the poll results of the National Democratic Institute say.
January 25 – birthday of the second president of Georgia
The 25th of January marks the 91st birthday of the second president of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze.
Jack Shepherd from the UK detained in Georgia
A British man who went on the run last year after killing a woman in a speedboat crash on the River Thames has been detained in the former Soviet state of Georgia - says Reuters.
Georgia recognizes Juan Guaido as an interim president
Georgia recognized Venezuelan parliament speaker Juan Guaidó as an interim president.
Georgian PM aims to turn Georgian into a center of the region
Georgian PM Mamuka Bakhtadze is in Davos to participate in World Economic Forum. He gave interviews to two media outlets – CNBC TV and Deutsche Welle.
Judges that served the violent regime of Saakashvili should not be in the Supreme Court, says Eka Beselia
Eka Beselia, a member of the parliamentary majority, held a press conference in the Parliament today.
Possible confrontation within the Georgian Dream Party?
Eka Beselia, a member of the ruling party, will hold a news conference in the Parliament at 12:00 today.
13 dead from swine flu in Georgia, emergency treatment to be free for all
13 people died from swine flu in Georgia so far, but there is no risk of epidemy, says Georgian Minister of Health.
Georgian president Salome Zurabishvili not ready for launching diplomatic dialogue with Russia
I'm not ready to give any advice to the legislative body about the launch of the diplomatic relations or dialogue with Russia
Georgia suffering the steepest drop in democratic quality in eastern Europe
According to the statistics for the Democracy Index 2018, published by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU),
“Let’s see if you can wrestle with women”- Interior minister to the opposition
Female Police officers were mobilized in front of the Gurjaani District Court where the case of Davit Kirkitadze, the member of the United Opposition was considered.
Georgian citizens can apply for temporary residency in France
150 permits for young specialists as well as additional 500 permits will be granted each year to go to work to France.
Numbers of Georgians seeking asylum in Germany has significantly decreased
According to Ambassador of Georgia to Germany Elguja Khokrishvili, the drop of asylum requests has been due to recently taken steps.
U.S. Congress supports Georgia with a new bill
Unanimously the U.S. approved the act, which calls for imposing sanctions on Russian actors for the commission of serious human rights abuses in the occupied Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
‘Horn wrestling’ between opposition party leader and police chef
Yesterday on the 16th of December, clashes occurred between Nika Melia, leader of the United National Movement and Teimuraz Kupatadze, head of patrol police department in the village of Velistsikhe, Kakheti region (eastern part of Georgia).
Salome Zourabichvili officially becomes the fifth president of Georgia
The inauguration ceremony of president-elect Salome Zourabichvili took place in Telavi, Kakheti (eastern region of Georgia) on the 16th of December.
Fight erupt in paliament between Georgian MPs during session
Verbal and physical confrontation has occurred between MPs in the parliament.
Famous Georgians invited at the Inauguration of Salome Zourabichvili
The inauguration ceremony of president elect Salome Zourabishvili will be held in Telavi, Kakheti (eastern region of Georgia) on the 16th of December.
Exclusive interview with Lincoln Mitchell, American political analyst and Georgia expert
More than 20,000 people responded to the appeal of the opposition and gathered in front of the former parliament building in downtown Tbilisi last Sunday.
The after-pains of the presidential election in Georgia
Yesterday evening, at a meeting with his supporters in the Philharmonic Hall, the defeated candidate Grigol Vashadze made it clear that he didn’t recognize the result of the presidential elections and called for early parliamentary elections.
National democratic institute publishes their findings about the presidential elections in Georgia
A delegation of the National Democratic Institute, which included observers from five countries, analyzed the election process.
International media about the runoff presidential elections in Georgia
Although it didn’t hit the headlines, newspapers and broadcast around the world report about Salome Zurabishvili as the first woman who became president in Georgia.
100% of the ballot counted: Salome Zourabichvili wins
Yesterday on the 28th of November, the second round of the presidential election took place in Georgia.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
19.02.2019
20.02.2019
USD
1
USD
2.6404
2.6498
EUR
1
EUR
2.9908
2.9977
GBP
1
GBP
3.4130
3.4246
RUB
100
RUB
3.9898
4.0023
Other Stories
On 26 May, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, joined celebrations in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi
Violation of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by Assad regime has been strictly criticized
Exactly one year ago, Georgia was granted visa-free travel with the European Union.
Georgia’s ex-president president Mikheil Saakashvili's supporters managed to free detained Mikheil Saakashvili in the center of Kiev.
The US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly congratulates Georgia on Independence Day.
The regulations on the introduction of visa-free travel for citizens of Georgia have been officially signed in Brussels.
The entire Georgia is involved in Secret Santa game, which means that people are sending gifts to each other secretly
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia is taking part in NATO Ministerial underway in Brussels, Belgium.
A special squad has been mobilized at the 48th polling station in Marneuli, Kvemo Kartli region.
Two politicians in Georgia have come to blows during a live TV debate ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections, Euronews reports.
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.6498
EUR
1
EUR
2.9977
GBP
1
GBP
3.4246
RUB
100
RUB
4.0023
February 2019
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28