Moldova Opinion Poll Shows Public Confidence in Pro-Europe Government at All Time Low

Nov 11, 2015, 12:15 ET from EU Reporter

BRUSSELS, November 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

A newly published survey of public opinion amongst the electorate in Moldova highlights the country's crisis and the public's dissatisfaction with their government. It clearly shows that the people of Moldova are dissatisfied with the current pro-European coalition government and seek a new election to be held in the country.

The survey, conducted by Dr. R. Alisauskiene of Baltic Surveys/The Gallup Organization on behalf of the International Republican Institute will make worrying reading in the corridors of the European Commission.

The main concern amongst those polled was endemic corruption within their government, with a massive 91% wanting President Timofti to resign, for early parliamentary elections to be held, and a new prime minister to commit to fighting corruption and to deliver on promised reforms.

When asked, "Generally speaking, do you think that things in Moldova are going in the right direction or wrong direction?" 79% said wrong direction, with 13% saying right direction and 8% don't know.

In answer to the question, "What are the most important problems that Moldova is facing at the moment?" 31% said corruption, 29% said low incomes and pensions, with 26% saying unemployment.

Other answers included bad government / President and the stolen billion euros from state funds.

To the question, "Is corruption a big problem in Moldova today?" 87% thought it was, up from 73% the previous month.

Only 3% of those asked approved of the way the government is doing its job, a staggering 63% disapproved, with the remainder undecided.

When asked about Moldova's intuitions the Orthodox Church was seen to be the most trustworthy, with the President's office and the Central Bank receiving a zero trust rating.

In answer to the question, "What is your opinion of each of the following Moldovan politicians or members of the Moldovan government?" Renato Usatii came out as being most trusted with a 41% approval rating, with Vlad Filat and Vlad Plahotniuc at the bottom of the list, at 6% and 3% respectively.

Sources within Moldova say that President Timofti is currently holding consultations about the formation of a new government that will include same old politicians, in particular, Iurie Leanca (former prime-minister) who is loyal to Vlad Plahotniuc and is alleged to be controlled by the oligarch.

Many think the only possible solution is to hold a new general election and get rid of all former players in what one person described as "Plahotniuc`s dirty chess game".

"The country has to open a new page and prove that it is capable of moving forward and offering its population a prosperous future" he said.  

The survey

Data was collected throughout Moldova (except in Transnistria) between September 29 - October 21, 2015, through face-to-face interviews at respondents' homes. The sample consisted of 1,500 permanent residents of Moldova older than the age of 18 and eligible to vote with an oversample in the capital Chisinau. It is representative of the general population by age, gender, education, region and size of the settlement.

SOURCE EU Reporter