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OVER ONE-THIRD OF MOLDOVANS BELIEVE CURRENT YEAR WAS HARDER THAN PREVIOUS ONE - OPINION POLL

06 december, 2017
OVER ONE-THIRD OF MOLDOVANS BELIEVE CURRENT YEAR WAS HARDER THAN PREVIOUS ONE - OPINION POLL

Over 37% population of Moldova are saying that the current year turned out to be more difficult for them than the previous year, as per the findings of an annual opinion research done traditionally by the Association of Sociologists and Demographers of Moldova.

According to the results presented by the Association in Infotag on Wednesday, 37.4% interviewed citizens said the year was harder for them than 2016, 42.8% said - as difficult as the previous year, and only 17.2% said the year was easier than 2016.

Comparing their current life with that 5 years ago, only 2.4% Moldovans stated their lives have improved by far, 16% - that life became better, 43.3% said - the life hasn't changed greatly, 23.2% -- worsened, and 13.3% -- worsened by far.

According to the poll findings, citizens of Moldova are concerned most of all about poverty, lack of means even for the most necessary things and about forbiddingly low living standards. These problems are worrying slightly over 40% respondents.

On the second place among concerns are high prices and taxes - 26.8% respondents. Then there goes unemployment with 21.7%. Next among citizens' main concerns are political situation (19.7%), massive emigration of population (18%) and corruption (16.7%).

The questions of the functioning of languages, inter-ethnic relations and the Transnistrian problem are only on the 9th place (6.2%) on the list of the main problems worrying the Moldovan population.

The opinion poll covered 1l81 people eligible to vote, residing in 79 various-type localities across the republic. The pollsters are saying that error should not be in the excess of В±3%.

 ONLY 3 PARTIES ARE LIKELY TO BE PRESENT IN NEXT PARLIAMENT OF MOLDOVA - POLL

If a parliamentary election were held in Moldova next Sunday, seats in the new legislative forum would be won by the representatives of only three political organizations - the Party of Socialists (PSRM), the Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS) and the Democratic Party (DP), as per the findings of an annual opinion research done traditionally by the Association of Sociologists and Demographers of Moldova.

According to the results presented by the Association in Infotag on Wednesday, 51.2% of determined respondents are ready to vote for the Party of Socialists, 25.9% -- for PAS, and 6.9% -- for the ruling Democratic Party.

As for the political party called Platform "Demnitate si Adevar" [DA, "Dignity and Justice"], which is backed by merely 4.8% respondents, its 'parliamentary future' is remaining within the poll error. So it has a theoretical chance to overcome the electoral barrier of 6%.

The research has shown that the rest parties, which are present in the incumbent Parliament, have no chances to find themselves in the next forum because the Communist Party [which used to have a constitutional majority of 71 MPs in the 101-member Parliament of the 2001-2005 convocation] can now count only on 2.3%, the European People's Party of Moldova (EPPM) of Iurie Leanca - 1.9%, the Liberal Party of Mihai Ghimpu - 1.2%, and the Liberal Democratic Party headed b y Viorel Cibotaru - 1%.

However, only 68.2% interviewed citizens have made up their mind concerning their electoral preferences. So if the total number of interviewed respondents is taken into account, it appears that actually only 34.9% voters are ready to cast ballots for the Party of Socialists, and 17.7% for PAS, and 4.7% for Plahotniuc's Democratic Party.

Besides this, one should bear in mind that in 2018 the parliamentary election will be held by using the mixed election system, which implies that only 50 MPs will be elected on party lists and the rest 51 MPs will come from single-member constituencies.

Voter turnout may exceed 80% because 54% interviewed respondents stated they would definitely go to the polls and 26.3% said they would go "most probably". Only about 7% were uncertain and 3.9% will not go.

In the rating of citizens' trust, President Igor Dodon is maintaining lead with 50.2% trusting compatriots, followed by PAS leader Maya Sandu with 31.8%, Prime Minister Pavel Filip - with 23.1%, DA Platform Andrei Nastase - 20.2%, Communist Party leader Vladimir Voronin - 17.6%, Party of Socialists Chairwoman Zinaida Greceanii - 15.6%, Democratic Party leader Vlad Plahotniuc - 15.5%, EPPM leader Iurie Leanca - 14.2%, Our Party Chairman Renato Usatii - 12.9%. Such were the answers to the so-called "open question", when respondents were offered a list of politicians to choose from.

But answering to the so-called 'closed question", only 43.7% respondents were able to name a politician they trust. Of them, 52.2% stated they trust President Igor Dodon, 20.4% -- Maya Sandu, 14.3% -- Premier Filip, 4.2% trust DA Platform leader Andrei Nastase, 4.1% -- Vladimir Voronin, 3.9% -- Vlad Plahotniuc, and 3% trust Renato Usatii.

The opinion poll was carried out on November 20 through December 2 and covered 1l81 people eligible to vote, residing in 79 various-type localities across the republic. The pollsters are saying the error should not be in the excess of В±3%.

ONLY ONE-THIRD OF CITIZENS SUPPORTS SWITCHING TO MIXED VOTING SYSTEM

Only 32.9% of Moldovan population approve the transition to mixed election system, show the results of the opinion poll, presented on Wednesday.

Nevertheless, this voting system remains to be the most popular among citizens. 21.9% stand for election of parliament deputies on proportionate system, while for conducting of elections on majority system - 20.2%. Around 7% of citizens do not care about the voting system issue, while 10.4% did not decide yet. In 2017 the number of supporters of the mixed election system doubled in comparison to the 2016, when it was supported by only 15.5%. The popularity of the system of voting on party lists grew 2%, while of the majority system - fell 10.4%.

Most of citizens (52.5%) stand for presidential form of governance in Moldova, the number of supporters grew 10% against the last year. 25.3% stand for preserving the parliamentary republic, while 11.2% - for semi-presidential republic.

If a referendum on the external policy vector was held next Sunday, 42.2% electors would vote for Moldova's integration in the Eurasian Economic Union [of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, EAES] and 36.1% - in the European Union. The situation almost did not change against the last year, as the difference does not exceed the sociological error rate. The number of those, who would vote against both unions, grew considerably - to 9% from 4%.

61.1% respondents stand against Moldova's joining the NATO, while 22.5% support this idea. Meanwhile, 3.4% citizens do not have any idea what is NATO.

The opinion poll was carried out on November 20 through December 2 and covered 1181 people eligible to vote, residing in 79 various-type localities across the republic. The pollsters are saying the error should not be in the excess of В±3%.

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