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MOLDOVANS’ MAIN PROBLEMS ARE POVERTY, CORRUPTION AND HIGH PRICES – OPINION POLL

11 octomber, 2019
MOLDOVANS’ MAIN PROBLEMS ARE POVERTY, CORRUPTION AND HIGH PRICES – OPINION POLL

Poverty, corruption and high prices appear to be the main problems worrying Moldova citizens, as per the findings of a Vox Populi opinion research presented at Infotag on Friday by the Association of Sociologists and Demographers of Moldova.

According to it, 31.6% respondents are anxious about their low salaries and pensions and ensuing poverty, 28.9% -- about corruption and the current situation in the judiciary, 26.1% -- high prices on foodstuffs and public utilities, and 24.3% -- about the lack of attractive jobs.   

Almost 24% respondents stated that their family incomes are insufficient even for buying the most necessary things, 38.9% said that their incomes are barely enough for buying the most necessary items, 25.4% -- enough for decent life, but without luxury, 8.6% can afford buying even expensive things but at the expense of restrictions in other spheres, and merely 1.3% can afford whatever they want.       

Less than 1% citizens are very happy with the shape of the Moldovan economy last 5 years, 5.8% are happy, 27.6% are so-so, 33.9% -- not very happy, 30.3% are extremely discontented. It is noteworthy that the degree of the “extreme discontent” has diminished by more than 8% against 2016.

The research was carried out by the Association of Sociologists and Demographers of Moldova within the Project “Phenomenon of Social Solidarity in Moldova and Ukraine: a Comparative Research” on September 27 through October 8 among 1,195 citizens of Moldova. The pollsters are saying the error should not be in the excess of ±3%.

 

CANDIDATES ION CEBAN AND ANDREI NASTASE MAINTAIN LEAD IN CITIZENS' ELECTORAL PREFERENCES - VOX POPULI

Like in summer 2018, candidates Ion Ceban of the Party of Socialists and Andrei Nastase of the political bloc ACUM appear to be the most favorite runners for the Chisinau Mayor's post, as per the findings of a Vox Populi opinion research presented at Infotag on Friday by the Association of Sociologists and Demographers of Moldova.

Association Chairman Victor Mocanu said that if a local election were held in Moldova next Sunday, Chisinau citizens would cast most ballots for Ion Ceban (38.1%) and Andrei Nastase (25.4%), so they would continue their electoral duel in the second round of voting to be held two weeks later.

Candidate Octavian Ticu of the National Unity Party (PUN) would receive 5.6%, Liberal Party Chairman Dorin Chirtoaca - 3.2%, Union for Salvation of Bessarabia (USB) leader Valeriu Munteanu - 2.9%, Our Party candidate Ion Diacov - 1.8%, Democratic Party candidate Vladimir Cebotari - 1.2%, Ilan Shor Party candidate Valery Klimenko - 1%. As many as 12.8% citizens were uncertain yet, and 5.4% stated they would not go to the polls.

With an account of only determined voters, Ion Ceban would poll 46.6%, Andrei Nastase - 31.1%, Octavian Ticu - 6.8%, Dorin Chirtoaca - 3.9%, Valeriu Munteanu - 3.5%, Ion Diacov - 2.2%, Vladimir Cebotari - 1.5%, and Valery Klimenko 1.2%.

According to the research findings, voter turnout in Chisinau may be fairly low. Thus, 41.5% respondents stated they would necessarily go to the polls, 29.1% -- would rather go, 134.4% -- would rather not go, 8.9% would definitely not go, and 7.1% failed to answer.

"The above indicators are even lower than were registered in the lead-up to the 2015 local elections [when the voter turnout was slightly below 50%]. Besides this, it often happens that respondents say to pollsters that they would go to vote, but on the election Sunday they go to their dachas [countryside cottages]. In previous years, citizens often motivated the non-participation with the absence of deserving candidates. But this year the choice is broader. Maybe, the number of candidates is too great. Besides this, there are political forces interested in a low voter turnout", said Victor Mocanu.

On the all-republican level, 30.2% respondents are ready to vote for candidates for municipal and local councils [legislature] representing the Party of Socialists, 23.3% -- for ACUM candidates, 7.6% -- for Democrats, 4.5% -- for Our Party candidates, 3.2% -- for Communist Party, 2.9% -- for Ilan Shor Party. Yet 14.7% respondents were uncertain, and 7.9% do not want to take part in the approaching election. The research was carried out by the Association of Sociologists and Demographers of Moldova within the Project "Phenomenon of Social Solidarity in Moldova and Ukraine: a Comparative Research" on September 27 through October 8 among 1,195 citizens of Moldova. The pollsters are saying the error should not be in the excess of В±3%. However, in Chisinau city the error figure was set at В±2.8%.

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