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16 December 2021, 15:01

Opinion poll: Over 72% of Belarusians trust president

MINSK, 16 December (BelTA) – Over 72% of people in Belarus trust the Belarusian president, Sergei Musiyenko, director of the EcooM think tank, told the media as he commented on the results of the opinion poll “Belarus. A Vision of the Future” conducted by the Institute of Sociology at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, BelTA has learned.

All in all, 72.3% of respondents said they trust the president (the aggregate of ‘I trust' (45.9%) and ‘I rather trust' (26.4%) statements). Compared to a similar previous survey, this figure inched up by 5.8% from 66.5%,” Sergei Musiyenko said.

The level of trust in the head of state is high in all age groups. If we look at the regional breakdown, the level of trust in the president is the biggest (78.6% and higher) in Gomel Oblast, Vitebsk Oblast and Mogilev Oblast. As to the capital city, 69.1% of Minskers declared their trust in the head of state.

The level of trust in government agencies and public institutions is as follows: army - 70.6%, church - 65.5%, law enforcement - 62.5%, government - 59.8%, courts - 58.3%, parliament (the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus) - 56.4%.

It is noteworthy that such an institution as the Belarusian People's Congress enjoys a pretty high level of trust (62.2%).

In the run-up to the national referendum, the Institute of Sociology at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus jointly with the EcooM think tank conducted the public opinion poll “Belarus. An Opinion About the Future”. The survey was carried out from 15 November to 4 December 2021 and polled 10,217 respondents, mainly economically active population. The sampling was multi-stage, stratified (by region and type of settlement), with quotas by sex and age. The study covered all regions of Belarus, Minsk, 52 districts (including 9 districts of the capital city), almost 350 organizations and enterprises in various sectors and of different forms of ownership.

Citizens welcomed the survey and the interest of sociologists in their position and assessments. People perceived the survey as an opportunity to convey their opinion about the current processes and the future of the country. Citizens spoke in favor of conducting more sociological research. During a lively discussion with pollsters, respondents raised issues of water supply, construction of social and leisure infrastructure facilities, quality and accessibility of medical care, and other issues. All requests and complaints were documented and submitted to the local authorities.

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