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AB Research survey : 36 pc say Gov’t should be changed at the ballot box, at the elections; 17 pc before elections

The current government has to be changed at the ballot box, “by citizens, at the elections” (36 per cent of respondents), or “by Parliament, before the elections” (17 per cent), the AB Research survey ordered by the Liberal Studies Institute shows. The survey also shows that 36 per cent of respondents believe the Government “should not be changed.”
Thus, 36 per cent of respondents believe that the current government has to be changed “by citizens, at the elections,” 17 per cent “by Parliament, before the elections,” 17 per cent stated that the government “should not be changed” and 12 per cent did not know or did not answer.
In what concerns the future parliamentary elections, the respondents determined to cast their votes will vote for: PSD (43 per cent), PNL (41 per cent), ALDE (6 per cent), M10 (3 per cent), PMP (2 per cent), UDMR (2 per cent), UNPR (1 per cent), other parties (1 per cent).
Asked “Apart from the party you have chosen as your first option, what other party do you consider to be a voting option,” the answers were: PNL (37 per cent), PSD (25 per cent), ALDE (14 per cent), UNPR (6 per cent), PMP (5 per cent), UDMR (3 per cent), M10 (2 per cent), other parties (8 per cent).
The hierarchy of “good and very good” opinions about political parties is the following according to the poll: PNL (46 per cent), PSD (44 per cent), UNPR (25 per cent), ALDE (22 per cent), UDMR (16 per cent), PMP (13 per cent), M10 (8 per cent).
The hierarchy of “good and very good” opinions about political leaders and certain public personalities is the following: King Mihai (55 per cent), Klaus Iohannis (53 per cent), Calin Popescu Tariceanu (51 per cent), Victor Ponta (40 per cent), Gabriel Oprea (29 per cent), Liviu Dragnea (28 per cent), Traian Basescu (25 per cent), Monica Macovei (24 per cent), Alina Gorghiu (23 per cent), Daniela Constantin (20 per cent), Vasile Blaga (16 per cent), Kelemen Hunor (15 per cent).
Over half of the respondents (64 per cent) are in favour of the republican form of government, 28 per cent are in favour of the monarchy and 8 per cent do not know or did not answer.


51 pc believe SRI and DNA have sometimes violated citizens’ rights and freedoms

The Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) and the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) have sometimes violated citizens’ rights and freedoms, according to 51 per cent of the respondents to an AB Research survey ordered by the Liberal Studies Institute, while 27 per cent state that the two institutions “never” violated these rights and freedoms.
Asked “Do you believe that in some cases SRI and DNA have violated citizens’ rights and freedoms in their actions,” the answers were: 51 per cent – “sometimes, yes”; 27 per cent – “no, never”; and 23 per cent “I don’t know/I don’t want to answer.”
The respondents believe the most important problems currently facing Romania are (first choice): low incomes (23 per cent), corruption (21 per cent), jobs/unemployment (16 per cent), health (6 per cent), education (4 per cent), refugee crisis (4 per cent), infrastructure (3 per cent), other problems (15 per cent). 8 per cent of the respondents did not know or did not want to answer.
In what concerns the refugee crisis, 61 per cent of respondents do not agree with Romania receiving around 5,000 refugees from Syria and the Middle East, 31 per cent agree and 8 per cent do not know or did not want to answer.
Overall, over half of the respondents (54 per cent) believe Romania is heading in a wrong direction, 30 per cent believe she is heading “in a good direction,” 14 per cent “in no direction/in both directions/stagnating” and 2 per cent did not know or did not want to answer.
The phone survey was conducted on September 26-30 on a representative sample of 1,005 persons from urban and rural areas. Its margin of error is plus/minus 3 per cent for a confidence interval of 95 per cent.

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