TBILISI, DFWatch–According to the new survey of the National Democratic Institute, people think the government is making important changes for them, but do not like the prime minister’s decision about leaving his post.
NDI’s survey of public attitudes, which was published on Monday, is a regular occurance. There are three surveys done per year, and this is the second year that it is published in two parts.
The organization has not yet published the part about party ratings from the new survey. This will be published in a few days.
According to the survey, 63 percent of those questioned say creating jobs is the most important issue. 46 percent say communal fees is the most important issue locally.
Other issues respondents thought important were relations with Russia is on seventh place after jobs, territorial integrity, accessible medical service, poverty, pensions, salaries, relations with Russia, education, human rights, the increasing prices and inflation, fair election, joining NATO, freedom of speech, the court system, EU integration, crime, property rights, corruption, the situation in the prisons and the independence of media.
The major part of the questioned think that the situation hasn’t changed after the election in October 2012, which ushered in a new government.
39 percent think that Georgia is moving in the right direction, while 16 percent think otherwise. 71 percent think it was negative that Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili decided to leave office after the presidential election on October 27.
The number of people who consider themselves employed is 35 percent, but they say that the number of jobs remains the same as after the election in October, 2012.
Those questioned think that the level of crime in the country remains the same or higher after the 2012 election, while 64 percent say that government does important changes for them.
44 percent say there is democracy in the country, while in June 38 percent said so.
77 percent think that the election in October will be conducted good or somewhat good.
70 percent are dissatisfied with current relations with Russia, while 73 percent are positive to the government’s declared goal for Georgia to become a NATO member, 81 percent are positive to the goal of joining the EU.
31 percent think that the level of crime in the country has increased after the election in October, 2012. 45 percent say that the crime level is the same, while 11 percent think it has reduced; 13 percent don’t know.
The survey was conducted by Caucasus Research Resource Centers and financed by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
The survey was conducted from September 3 to September 18 and 3 838 were interviewed. The margin of error is 2 percent.