NDI Releases June Polls
12 July, 2012
NDI Releases June Polls

According to survey, less People Think Georgia is a Democracy

Asurvey of public opinion in Georgia, released by the National Democratic Institute (NDI), shows that jobs, territorial integrity and affordable healthcare remain the most important issues for Georgian citizens, while concern about rising prices and inflation continues to drop. In the survey, 58 % of respondents mentioned jobs, 33% - mentioned territorial integrity and 33% - affordable healthcare as among their top three priority issues. 

“Since our last poll in February, the

opinions for Georgian citizens about democracy and their household status have declined, and bribing of voters has replaced the voters list as their top concern about barriers to a free and fair elections,” said Luis Navarro, NDI’s country director in Georgia, in releasing the results.

Seventy-five percent of respondents indicated they are likely to vote if the parliamentary elections, scheduled for October, were held tomorrow. This represents an 11% increase since the February poll and a 24% increase since NDI’s poll last September.

Asked whether Georgia is a democracy now, 38% of respondents said yes compared to 43% who said no. These figures represent a significant change from NDI’s February survey when 49% said yes and 34% said no.

Sixty-three percent of respondents disapprove of the decision of the Civil Registry Agency to revoke the citizenship of Bidzina Ivanishvili, Georgian tycoon, head of “Georgian dream” coalition. Less than a third support the constitutional amendment that provides an exception in his favor to run with his EU citizenship.

To the question that was voiced at the presentation what Mr. Navarro thinks about the fact that the surveys of NDI are often criticized and not trusted by political parties, he answered that the survey reiterated that Georgian public is very polarized and that society has more intricate approach to politics than political parties or as it is covered by the media. “Some people criticize our polls, because they go against their political point of views. On the other hand, they use it as an argument when it suits them. I would comment on it with two words: ‘It’s politics!”  Luis Navarro added that each person is free to choose whether to like or dislike, trust or mistrust this or that survey.

The results reflect data collected on June 4-22 during face-to-face interviews with a nationwide representative sample of Georgians that included 6,299 completed interviews. The survey looks at issues of public importance, perceptions of democracy and attitudes to reforms, as well as various domestic and foreign policy issues. NDI’s survey work is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and carried out by the Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC).  One more poll is scheduled to be conducted before the parliamentary elections.

 

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