President Klaus Iohannis is topping public confidence rankings in Romania as far as confidence in public figures goes, followed by Governor of the National Bank of Romania (BNR) Mugur Isarescu and Romania’s ambassador to the US George Maior, according to findings of an INSCOP opinion poll released on Thursday.
The poll indicates that Iohannis is on a falling trend, given that only 61.6 per cent of the respondents in the latest poll say they trust Iohannis much and very much, down from 65 per cent in April.
The poll also shows Prime Minister Victor Ponta ranking 4th in the ranking of public confidence.
As many as 61.6 per cent of the respondents say they trust President Klaus Iohannis much and very much (compared with 65 per cent in April’s poll). Following the President in the ranking is Mugur Isarescu, at 42.8 per cent (up from 40.1 per cent in April). George Maior is third, at 27.6 per cent (up from 24.8 per cent in April).
On the 4th place, Victor Ponta commends 21.7 per cent of the much and very much trust of Romanians (down from 24.4 per cent in April), while Bucharest General Mayor Sorin Oprescu is 5th, at 21.6 per cent (up from 20.1 per cent in April). Next is incumbent head of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, at 19.7 per cent (up from 15 per cent in April).
Included for the first time in the INSCOP-Adevarul Barometer, Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea garners 17.4 per cent of the confidence, while Labour Minister Rovana Plumb, also for the 1st time included, commends 11.2 per cent of the Romanians’ confidence.
The second ranking public servant, Senate Chairman Calin Popescu-Tariceanu saw public trust in him dropping from 17.1 per cent in April to 16 per cent now.
Gabriel Oprea is followed in the ranking by First Deputy Chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Catalin Predoiu, at 16.8 per cent (up from 15.7 per cent in April); national leader of the Romanian Socialists Party (PSRO) Mircea Geoana, at 16.1 per cent (up from 15.8 per cent in April); Calin Popescu Tariceanu, at 16 per cent (17.1 per cent in April); former President Traian Basescu – 15 per cent (slightly down from 15.6 per cent in April); PNL co-chair Alina Gorghiu – 15 per cent (up from 13.5 per cent in April); national leader of M10 political party Monica Macovei – 14.4 per cent (down from 15.3 per cent in April); Labour Minister Rovana Plumb, included for the first time in the poll, at 11,2 per cent; PNL co-chair Vasile Blaga at 10.9 per cent (up from 8.4 per cent in April). Scoring below 10 per cent were recently elected national leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea, at 9.2 per cent, up from 7.9 per cent in April; PSD honorary chairman Ion Iliescu, at 9 per cent (down from 10.4 per cent in April); former national leader and presidential candidate of the People’s Movement Party (PMP) Elena Udrea, at 5.1 per cent (up from 4.1 per cent in April); MEP Laszlo Tokes – 2.5 per cent (3.2 per cent in April). Bringing up the rear is national leader of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) Kelemen Hunor – 2.3 per cent, down from 3.8 per cent in April.
The poll was commissioned by daily Adevarul and conducted by INSCOP Research, July 9 – 14, 2015 on a sample of 1,075 persons. It carries a maximum error margin of plus/minus 3 per cent. The poll was conducted using questionnaires filled in at the domicile of the respondents.