More than half of the population considers that the changes that took place in the last 20 years are negative, according to a survey published on Wednesday by the Quality of Life Research Institute (ICCV) shows. According to the survey, only 24 per cent of Romanians consider their incomes to be good and very good, while 35 per cent label them as being poor and very poor. 39 per cent of respondents stated that their incomes are satisfactory at most. 31 per cent consider that their families’ incomes are not even enough to cover the bare necessities and only 1 per cent state they are enough for a decent life style. Farmers and pensioners are the most disadvantaged categories: 35 per cent of those stating their incomes are not even enough to cover the bare necessities are farmers, while 26 per cent are pensioners. The ICCV points out however that the survey was conducted in June, back when the shock of salary cuts was yet to be felt. The survey also shows that most of the population has a negative opinion concerning the manner the country is being led. Thus, compared to 2006, 2010 saw a steep climb in the share of respondents that have a negative opinion concerning the manner the country is being led. A similar trend was previously seen in 1996-1999. 80 per cent of Romanians believe “the country is being led poorly and very poorly,” the citizens complaining of the government’s and of the other political institutions’ lack of performance.