MINSK, 29 July (BelTA) – The approval rating of the current president of Belarus remains high and stands at 78.1%. The data of the survey poll conducted by the analytical center Ecoom is available on the ONT website. The poll was ordered by the Second National TV Channel, BelTA has learned.
The study was held in the format of telephone calls conducted from 23 to 27 July. The national sample is 1,879 respondents. The margin of error does not exceed 2.5-4%.
According to the data received during the survey, a total of 89.5% of the population plan to take part in voting (87.3% according to the previous poll conducted on 10-13 July). More than half of the population, 61.4%, have a positive view of the early voting.
In the recent poll, 72.3% of respondents approve of Aleksandr Lukashenko's job performance. The ratings of the rest candidates do not exceed 10% in total. An estimated 10.9% found difficulty in replying, 3.1% refused to reply, and 3.7% replied against all.
The approval rating of the incumbent president, which includes not only the electoral rating but also the assessment of the social and economic policy pursued by the head of state, the efficiency of his decisions, is 78.1%.
In comparison with the previous survey conducted by the Ecoom center on 10-13 July, there were some changes in the electoral preferences of the citizens, which are connected with the fact that Viktor Babariko and Valery Tsepkalo dropped out of the presidential race, and part of their electorate joined the camp of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. An indirect incentive was the setting up of the so-called joint camp of the above-mentioned candidates. The percent of voters still deciding on their preference remained virtually unchanged (12.6% in total).
Among the sources providing information on the election campaign, the most reliable one in the voters' opinion is television (65.4%), internet media (43.2%), as well as the immediate social environment (friends, acquaintances, relatives - 25.7%). Young people (persons aged 18-29) trust online media (62.2%), television (25.8%), and their social environment (28.5%).
Optimistic mood prevails in the pre-election period (62.8%). Some 17.2% are concerned and uncertain about the future. 5.5% of respondents feel indifference.