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Survey: Over 70 pc of Romanians think living standards worsened

Almost three quarters of the Romanian population (72 pc) think that, at present, living standards in Romania are lower or much lower than in preceding years, whereas more than half of the Romanians (53 pc) estimate that, in a year’s time, living standards will be worse or much worse than they are now, is stated in a preliminary report published, yesterday, by the Institute of Research into the Quality of Life (ICCV), quoted by Agerpres.


According to the report, 49 per cent of the Romanian population think that, in 2010, living standards are lower than last year, while 23 per cent of the respondents consider that living standards are much lower right now than they were in 2009.


Under the question “How would you assess your family’s total income in relation to necessary expenses?”, 34 per cent of the respondents answered the total income can only cover the bare necessities, and 31 per cent replied it can barely cover those.


As regards their health, 38 per cent of the Romanian population assessed it as “good,” while 28 per cent said it was “satisfactory.” At the same time, when the people conducting the survey asked them to characterise the possibility of getting a job in accordance with their interests and acquired skills, 39 per cent of respondents declared doubtful, and 37 per cent said the prospects were “low.”


Based on the survey, 60 per cent of Romanians are satisfied with their family relations. This is more than can be said about the respondents’ perspective of the political scene, the ratio of people dissatisfied or highly dissatisfied with this aspect amounting to 87 per cent.


Moreover, more than half of the respondents (51 per cent) have a poor opinion of the way the country is being run. As regards the quality of services in Romania, both healthcare and the pension system are perceived with scepticism by 39 per cent, respectively, 20 per cent of Romanians.


Judging by figures in the report, the dominant among the fears of the population remains the rise of prices, for 90 per cent of the respondents, followed by raising taxes (87 pc) and crime (45 pc).


2010 marks the lowest level in optimism since 1990, as 53 per cent of the Romanians consider that, in a year’s time, living standards will be poorer or much poorer than they are now. The ICCV survey, titled “2010 Quality of Life”, was conducted on a representative sample at national level, comprising 1,162 people over 18. The study was conducted between June 25 and July 10 and has an error margin of +/- 3 per cent.

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