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March 3, 2021

36 pc of Romanians think Roma may become a threat for the country

A total of 36 per cent of the subjects interviewed within the CCSB poll called ‘Stereotypes about Roma’ presented at a round table debate held by the Pro Democratia Association on Saturday believe Roma could turn into a threat for the country at some point in the future. The percentage has grown since the last similar poll done in 2002, returning a result of 34 per cent for the same question. According to this survey, 44 per cent of the respondents think Roma are thieves. On the other hand, the percentage of people who think Roma are ‘lazy’ has grown since 2002 (43 per cent in 2010 vs. 40 per cent in 2002). A major difference compared to 2002 is identified about the label of ‘retrograde’: in 2002, 21 per cent of the subjects thought the Roma were retrograde whereas in 2010 only 13 per cent believe the same. On the other hand, 68 per cent of the interviewed subjects of the survey believe Roma commit more criminal offences than the majority population. 52 per cent think Roma commit crimes because this is their custom and 13 per cent say they do it because they are poor.

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