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INSCOP survey: 68.1% of respondents consider things in Romania are going to a wrong direction

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Over 80% of subjects of an INSCOP survey consider that Romanians are seen as “second hand citizens”in Europe, while 68.1% say things are going to the wrong direction in Romania.

 

The survey “Public lack of confidence: West vs. East, ascension of the nationalist current in the age of disinformation and fake new phenomenon”- part II, was made by INSCOP Research in partnership with Verifield, upon the order of Thinking Group, as part of a research project supported by The US German Marshal Fund and financed by Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation.

 

According to the study, 68.1% of respondents consider that things in Romania are going to the wrong direction, while 25% say things are going to a good direction. Two months ago, in March the percentage of dissatisfied respondents was 70.3%.

Asked in what country they would prefer to work or study for a longer period of time, 42% chose a Western country (EU, USA, Canada), 3.9% for an Eastern country (Russia, China), while 47.9% declared they would not leave Romania.

 

66.6% said they prefer western type rights and liberties instead of traditional values promoted by Russia, while 16.2% prefer traditional values promoted by Russia to western type rights and liberties.

 

56.2% of subjects said Romania's joining the EU brought advantages, while 35.1% see disadvantages. In March, 61.4% of respondents considered that joining EU was beneficial for Romania, while 35.2% thought the opposite.

 

81.3% considered that Romanians are seen as “second hand citizens” in Europe, while 14.8% did not agree to that. Asked about the main reason why Romanians are considered that way, 70.2% indicated the unfit behavior of some Romanians who lived or are living abroad (57% of overall population) while 27.6% blamed the superior attitude of citizens from other European states (22% of overall population).

65.8% of people interviewed declared they prefer Romania is a NATO member because it would be better defended from military point of view. 28.6% prefer Romania to be neutral, because thus it will not be attacked by anyone.

 

73.8% consider that the existence of American military bases in Romania would help to defend the country in case of foreign aggression, while 20.3% did not agree to that statement. In the opinion of 39.7%, the US are the most powerful army in the world, while 33.5% indicated Russia and 16.4% China.

 

On the other hand, China is seen as the most powerful economy by 41.5% of subjects, followed by the US (24.1%), Japan (14%) and Germany (14.1%)

Respondents considered that people's rights and liberties are better observed in the USA (38.4%), EU (37.5%), Russia (4.3%) and China (4.1%).

 

The countries or organizations that gathered the highest confidence are: NATO (59.3%), EU (55%), Germany (49.2%), USA (47.8%), Russia (17.9%) and China (16.8%). Answers were different from those made in March when the results were as follows: NATO (49.4%), EU (51.7%), Germany (57.6%), USA (47.1%), Russia (16%) and China (19%).

 

International leaders who met much and very much confidence are: Angela Merkel (44.1%), Joe Biden (36.4%) and Vladimir Putin (23.9%). There were differences compared to March when results were: Merkel (50.1%), Biden (41.6%) and Putin (19%).

 

Data were gathered over June 1-15, through CATI method (phone interviews), from 1,100 persons, representative for significant socio-demographic categories (sex,age, occupation) for the non institutionalized population of Romania, aged over 18. The highest error admitted was 2.95% for a degree of confidence of 95%.

 

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