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January 24, 2022

Lower confidence in Church, higher confidence in SRI, SIE and DNA

According to a July Inscop survey cited by Agerpres, Romanians feel most confident in the Town Hall, the Church and the United Nations Organisation and least confident in political parties, ANSVSA (the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority), Employers’ Associations and the IMF. The survey also shows Romanians have a lower degree of confidence in political institutions and a slightly fluctuating degree of confidence in executive, social or private, and international institutions.
Regarding political institutions, Romanians feel most confident in the Town Hall (37.9% compared to 41.3% at the end of May), the Constitutional Court of Romania (35.7% compared to 32.7% at the end of May) and the government (35.6% compared to a previous 37.3%).
According to the Inscop survey, the level of confidence in the Parliament in July was “confident and very confident” (25.7% compared to 29.1% at the end of May). The presidency was ranked at 25.1% level of confidence in July, as compared to 25.6% in May. The County Council was seen as trustworthy by 32.9% of respondents, compared to 33.1% in May. Political parties were still last place in the level of confidence ranking, reporting 14.7% compared to 16.8% at the end of May.
Regarding executive institutions, Romanians feel most confident in the Army (“confident and very confident” at 64.6%, compared to 66.9% at the end of May), the National Bank of Romania (50% compared to 51.9% in May), SRI – the Romanian Intelligence Service (48% compared to 47.3% in May) and SIE – Foreign Intelligence Service (47.6% compared to 44% the preceding month). DNA – the National Anticorruption Directorate was first place in the level of confidence ranking, reporting a significant increase from 42% in May to 47.4% “confident and very confident” in July. The Police was runner-up with 45% “confident and very confident” compared to 46.4% in May and ANSVSA with 35.3% compared to 37% in May. Sociologists cited by “Adevarul” believe DNA, SRI and SIE were more popular in July because of events that have made them more visible: the Baccalaureate fraud investigation and bringing Omar Hayssam back to Romania.
Where social or private institutions are concerned, Romanians indicated they are very confident in the Church (63.9% compared to 66.1% at the end of May). Inscop shows that in July people were least confident in the Church since March (69.1%). Within the last five months, both the Church and unions have lost 5.2 per cent, respectively 3.4 per cent of the “confident and very confident” evaluation, while universities and banks have each gained 2.9 per cent.
Regarding international institutions, the U.N. was ranked at 52.5% compared to 49.9% in May, the EU was ranked at 49.1% level of confidence compared to 46% in May and NATO at 48.2% compared to 49.5% in May. The European Parliament stagnates at 44.8% compared to May. The European Commission reported 44.4% level of confidence compared to 44.1% in May, while the World Bank and the IMF reported 34.7% (35.2% in May) and 29% (30.1% in May) respectively. The survey was commissioned by the newspaper “Adevarul” and conducted by Inscop Research July 12-21 on a number of 1,050 participants. It is representative for the eighteen and over-eighteen population of Romania. The maximum permitted error is +/- 3% to a level of confidence of 95% and the sampling is multi-layered and probabilistic.

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