Michael the Brave and Stephen the Great are the historical figures Romanians appreciate most, while Queen Maria leads the ranking of most important female figures in Romanians’ history, according to an opinion barometer conducted by Inscop Research, released on Tuesday.
Thus, 95.2 percent of the respondents believe Michael the Brave (ruler in the period 1593 – 1601; achieved the first union of the Romanian Principalities, in 1600) is the most significant figure in the history of Romanians, followed by Stephen the Great (ruler in the period 1457 – 1504), with 94.9 percent. Mircea the Elder (ruler in the period 1386 – 1418) and Alexandru Ioan Cuza (who ruled in the period 1859 – 1866; achieved the Union of the Romanian Principalities in 1859) each gathered 92.3 percent of the options. Vlad the Impaler is next (1448; 1456 – 1462; 1476), appreciated as being an important figure by 89.7 percent of the respondents. Constantin Brancoveanu (ruler between the years 1688 and 1714) concludes the outstanding rulers’ ranking with 78.9 percent of the options.
Of Romania’s kings, Carol I (who reigned between 1866 and 1914) is seen as the most important historical figure by 77.7 percent of the participants in the survey. He is followed by King Ferdinand I (who reigned between 1914 and 1927), with 72.3 percent of the options. Carol II (who reigned between 1930 and 1940) is appreciated as a significant figure in Romanians’ history by 66.3 percent of the respondents.
Queen Maria, King Ferdinand’s wife, leads the ranking of female historical figures, with 71.1 percent of the voiced options. She is followed by Ecaterina Teodoroiu, whom 66.7 percent of the respondents label as the most important feminine figure in Romania’s history. Queen Elisabeta, the wife of King Carol I, is placed third (64.1 percent), followed by Ana Ipatescu (47.2 percent). Elena Cuza and Elena Lupescu are believed to be the most important female personalities in Romanians’ history by 45.2 percent and, respectively, 31.5 percent of the respondents.
The survey was conducted by Inscop Research, at the request of Adevarul daily, in the period September 10 – 17, on a 1,050 person sample, with a margin of error of plus/minus 3 percent.