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INSCOP poll: Number of Romanians preferring technical gov’t to political gov’t, declining

The number of Romanians preferring a technical government to a political one has declined, according to findings of an INSCOP poll released on Tuesday.

Thus, 38.5 percent of Romanians say they prefer a technical government as that brings more competence (down from 50.5 percent in November 2015), while 40.9 percent say they prefer a political government (up from 32.1 percent in November 2015); 20.6 percent of Romanians do not know/do not answer (up from 17.4 percent in November 2015).

The poll reveals that 31.6 percent of respondents would like a technical government after this year’s general election as well (down from 37.2 percent in November 2015), while 42.2 percent would prefer a political government then (up from 34 percent in November 2015). The percentage of non-answers is 26.3 (compared with 28.8 percent in November).

As many as 29.9 percent of the respondents believe the incumbent technical government led by Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos is making important reforms for the society (36.9 would believe the same in November 2015), while 43.6 believe otherwise (compared with 34.8 percent in November 2015), and 26.5 percent do not know / do not answer (compared with 28.4 percent in November).

According to the same findings, 50.5 percent of Romanians believe the Ciolos Cabinet to be led from the shadows by political parties (up from 47.3 percent in November 2015), while 25.3 percent see it as independent of political parties (down from 28.4 percent in November 2015).

As many as 34.7 percent of the respondents believe the incumbent government is better than its predecessor, the Ponta Cabinet (34.6 percent believed the same in November); 38.2 percent of Romanians say the Ciolos Cabinet is no better than the Ponta Cabinet (34.6 percent expected the same in November 2015).

Nearly 50 percent of the respondents (49.7 percent) say the National Liberal Party (PNL) is in power as far as its relations with the Ciolos Cabinet are concerned (compared with 53.3 percent in November 2015); 20.3 percent say it is in the opposition (compared with 17.9 percent in November 2015), while 30.1 percent do not know/do not answer (up from 28.8 percent in November).

At the same time, 30.3 percent of Romanians say the Social Democratic Party (PSD) is in power as far as its relations with the Ciolos Cabinet are concerned (compared with 30.4 percent in November 2015); 42.2 percent say it is in the opposition (compared with 42.3 percent in November 2015). The percentage of non-answers is 27.5 percent (compared with 27.3 percent in November).

As many as 23.3 percent of the respondents say the National Union for Romania’s Progress (UNPR) is in power as far as its relations with the Ciolos Cabinet are concerned (down from 24.3 percent in November 2015); 19.1 percent say the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) is in power as far as its relations with the government is concerned (compared with 17.3 percent in November 2015); 17.4 percent say so about the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) (compared with 24.4 percent in November 2015); 11 percent says so about the People’s Movement Party (PMP) (down from 17.6 percent in November) while 9.3 percent say the same about the Romanian Social Party (PSRO) (as against 11.9 percent in November).

The poll was commissioned by Adevarul media group and conducted by INSCOP Research, March 21-28, 2016, on a representative sample of 1,063 Romanians aged 18 years and over. The margin of error is plus/minus 3 percent, for an accuracy rate of 95 percent. The polling method was questionnaires filled in at the respondents’ domicile, comprising 92 localities (big, medium and small towns, communes and villages) in 39 counties and Bucharest City.

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