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February 25, 2021

INSCOP survey: President Iohannis, Central Bank’s Isarescu, PM Ciolos lead public approval ratings

President Klaus Iohannis tops the Romanians’ approval of public figures, with National Bank of Romania Governor Mugur Isarescu and Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos ranking next, shows an INSCOP pollsters survey released on Thursday.

According to the poll, 59.8 percent of Romanians said they have much and very much confidence in Iohannis (up from 58.6 percent in September), while Isarescu got 40.4 percent (down from 41.6 percent in September).

Ciolos, who took up as Prime Minister in November and is for the first time rated in INSCOP Research surveys, ranks third with 32.6 percent public approval.

Senate Speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu enjoys the confidence of 21.4 percent of the respondents (up from 18.4 percent in September), former Prime Minister Victor Ponta ranks next with 20.2 percent as compared to 22.8 percent in September and Liberal (PNL) co-chair Alina Gorghiu has 18.6 percent (as against 16.8 percent in September).

The survey called The Truth About Romania was commissioned by Adevarul daily and was conducted over Nov. 26 – Dec. 2 on a sample of 1,071 people; the maximum admitted error of the data is plus or minus 3 percent, with 95 percent reliability.

Over 40pct of Romanians trust Ciolos Gov’t

Over 40 percent of Romanians trust the Government headed by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos and 37.2 percent want a technocrat executive after the elections, shows an INSCOP pollsters survey sent Agerpres on Friday.

The survey reveals that 40.8 percent of the respondents trust the Ciolos Government, while 35.3 percent say they do not have confidence in the incumbent executive. Another 23.8 percent did not know how to or would not answer the question. Moreover, 50.5 percent of the Romanians say they prefer a Government of technocrats since it brings more competence, whereas 32.1 percent say a political executive is to be preferred.

Furthermore, 37.2 percent of the polled would want a Government of technocrats after the elections too, while 34 percent would like Romania to have a political executive after the elections; non-answers counted for 28.8 percent.

The research also reveals that 36.9 percent of Romanians think the Ciolos Government will make important reforms while in power, as against 34.8 percent who believe it will not succeed in making significant reforms.

Another 37.4 percent of the surveyed think the Ciolos Government is not exclusively made up of specialists in the relevant sectors as against 31.6 percent, who say it is made up only of specialists in the respective fields.

According to the barometer, 34.6 percent of the respondents think the Ciolos Government will be better than its predecessor headed by Victor Ponta, while 34.3 percent say it will not be better.

54.2 percent of Romanians say the Ponta Government should have resigned following the street protests in early November and 36.7 percent think the opposite; non-answers count for 9.1 percent.

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