The Romanians have divided views as to the direction Romania is headed for, and a worsening health is the main source of concern for more than a quarter of the population, reveals an Inscop barometer.
A chunk of 46.7 of the respondents consider that in July, Romania is headed for the good direction (versus 50.8 percent in April), 41.8 percent consider the direction is wrong (as to 36.1 percent in April), while 11.5 percent do not know or do not answer (compared to 13.2 percent in April), the poll shows according to Agerpres.
A deterioration in the health condition tops the list of concern sources, with 26.9 percent of the options (versus 24 percent in April), followed by a decrease in revenues with 15.1 percent (versus 18.2 percent in April) and job loss, with 14.6 percent (versus 15.5 percent in April).
The possibility of a conflict / war in the region is a serious concern for 13.2 percent of the respondents (versus 14.4 percent in April).
“Next come a surge in prices, with 9.3 percent of the expressed options (versus 12.7 percent in April), while political instability is the greatest worry for 6.8 of the respondents (versus 3.4 percent in April), 5.6 percent are most concerned about the possibility of natural calamities occurring (versus 5.3 percent in April), and 1.9 percent about environmental degradation (versus 2 percent in April). 5 percent of the respondents declare themselves worried about other issues, while non-responses account for 1.7 percent,” the Inscop poll shows.
Asked whether they have personally noticed a reduction in prices following the VAT rate cut from 24 to 9 percent for foods and non-alcoholic beverages, 60.8 percent of the Romanians respond affirmatively, while 35.2 percent report not having noticed the effects of this measure, and 4.1 do not know or do not respond.
According to the cited source, 53.6 percent of the Romanians consider their life has become more difficult in the last three years, while 41 percent report an improvement and 5.4 percent of the respondents do not know or choose not to answer this question.
The Inscop barometer with the tagline “The truth about Romania” was conducted by Inscop Research at the commission of “Adevarul” daily between July 9 – 14, 2015, on a 1,075-strong sample representative of Romania’s population aged 18 and over. The maximum permitted error is plus / minus 3 pct for a confidence level of 95 pct. The method applied was the opinion poll based on a questionnaire administered by interviewers at the homes of the respondents.
54.5pct say Romania is spared some risks for not having switched to euro
Almost half of Romanians – 48.9 per cent – believe the population of a country should make sacrifices for the country to pay its debt on schedule and most of them believe Romania is spared some risks because it still uses its own national currency, instead of switching over to the European single currency, the euro, reveal findings of an INSCOP poll in the ongoing crisis in Greece.
According to the same poll, 40.2 per cent of the respondents agree that sacrifices for the country to pay its debt on schedule should not be made, while 10.8 per cent did not know what to say or did not answer.
The findings also indicate that amidst the talks of Greece pulling out of the Eurozone, or Grexit, 54.5 per cent of Romanians believe Romania is spared some risks because it uses a national currency, the leu, that is not the euro, while 24 per cent say Romania would be better off economically if it were part of the Eurozone, while 21.5 per cent chose the I do not know/I do not answer option.
”The existence of a high percentage of people who say Romania is spared some risks for not being a member of the Eurozone should not be seen as a vote against Romania switching over to the euro. It is rather the influence of a certain situation, the weight of which in the development of the overall public opinion about the adoption of the euro remains to be assessed. Nevertheless, the answer to the question could be seen as a sign of increased public confidence in the national currency,” INSCOP explains.
According to the same poll, 25 per cent of the respondents are expecting the effects of the Greek crisis on the Romanian economy and population to be felt to a great and very great extent; 27 per cent say Romania will be affected by what is happening in Greece only to a small and very small extent. The percentage of non-answers was 13.9 per cent.