Positive Assessment of Bulgarian Government’s Performance Drops - PollDomestic | March 7, 2016, Monday // 21:30| views
A new survey has shown that positive assessment of the performance of Bulgaria’s coalition government has shed four percentage points since the end of last year, reaching 20% at the beginning of March, BGNES reported on Monday.
An increase of four percentage points in public criticism at the work of the cabinet, to 46%, was also recorded in a nationwide survey conducted by polling agency Alpha Research February 18-25 and a snap poll conducted between 28 February and 4 March among a sample of 1,723 respondents.
Despite progress in various spheres, 58.6% of the respondents believe that corruption in Bulgaria is on the rise. Only 22.3% think that corruption is only causing minor difficulties but doesn’t hamper Bulgaria’s progress.
The critical attitude dominated in all social and demographic groups, including supporters of the government coalition, according to BGNES.
Half of the respondents believe that they would live better if the rule of law was respected and there was no protection of corrupt officials.
Perceived corruption at the highest levels of the judicial system is seen as the main reason for the lack of tangible results in the fight against high-level graft by 62.2% of those polled.
Nearly two out of three Bulgarians, or 66%, believe that members of the judiciary should spearhead the fight against corruption. A similar share of respondents, 63.4% approve of the suspension of public tender procedures launched recently by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.
At the same time, however, 41.3% believe that the suspension of procurement tenders is a demonstration of the government’s will to crack down on corruption, while 55.8% hold the opposite opinion.
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