More than 90 percent of the Romanians say they would not re-elect mayors who are investigated or judged for corruption offences, while 88.4 percent of them say public figures who are sentenced for corruption under final sentences should no longer hold any public office, show findings of an INSCOP Research poll commissioned by daily Adevarul and conducted October 23 – November 1.
Thus, 91.9 percent of the respondents would not re-elect as mayors someone prosecuted or judged for corruption offences, while 5.4 percent of them would do that and 2.7 percent said they do not know/they do not answer.
The poll also shows that 88.4 percent of the Romanians said public figures sentenced for corruption under final and binding sentences should no longer hold any public office.
On the other hand, only 8 percent of the respondents say people sentenced for corruption should be allowed to hold public offices after servicing their sentences.
The poll also reveals that the Government’s actions to fight against corruption are important and very important to Romanians, with a majority of them saying public figures sentenced for corruption should never again hold public offices.
A large majority of Romanians finds the Romanian Government’s anti-corruption actions to be very important (50.1 percent) and important (36.7 percent). Just 8.7 percent of Romanians see corruption as a less important phenomenon, while 1.7 percent of them do no see it important at all; 2.7 percent of the respondents say they do not know/do not answer.
Likewise, 46.7 percent of the respondents say people accused of corruption offences are guilty, irrespective of the final court rulings, while 44.9 percent of Romanians grant them the presumption of innocence until a final decision of judges.
As many as 56.6 percent of the respondents agree that only some politicians in Romania are corrupted, while 41 percent of them say all politicians are corrupted. Only 0.6 percent of Romanians believe there are no corrupted politicians in Romania, while 1.8 percent does not know/does not answer.
The size of the sample for the poll was 1,098 persons. The poll has a margin of error of plus/minus 3 percent and an accuracy rate of 95 percent. The method used was interviewing the respondents at their home.