Gallup Agency: The Level of Criticism of Governance in Bulgaria Remains High

Society | April 27, 2018, Friday // 15:00|  views


The Bulgarians have an expected high social sensitivity and desire for far stronger acts by the government against corruption and crime. This is the data from Gallup drilling on popular topics, conducted among 801 people in the period 19-22 April.
There is a high expectation of more social justice. Against the backdrop of social stratification in Bulgaria, people would not bear an increase in the price of electricity, they would not easily accept cases such as the so-called "royal properties", for example, and automatically support any populist measures such as lowering the salaries of MPs, sociologists report.

There is a tremendous conviction that abuses of the Territorial Expert Medical Commission are many and must stop. The recent prison break of two criminals is seen as a failure of power and not as an incident, according to sociological analysis.

The action against the mayor of Mladost district in Sofia, Dessislava Ivancheva, also leaves the community conflicted with different opinions. Because of the high sense of injustice, Bulgarians are also inclined to accept the president's criticism of the ruling coalition. the Prosecutor's Office and the Chief Prosecutor also gain public support with their generous attitude in the case of Zhelyaz (wanted for extradition by the United States)

A majority of 60 per cent of Bulgarians have heard about the President's speech, and more than 69 per cent of them approve his criticism of the government. 19% do not approve of it, and others hesitate. The general level of criticism of the authorities in our country remains strong, despite the support for Borisov's foreign policy actions captured in previous research, Gallup notes.

That is why 91% think, for example, that the recent escape of two Sofia Prisoners is a testimony to the poor work of the authorities, and only 7% believe that such things can happen, even with the work done well by the authorities, and the Monte Cristo explanations are not accepted.
Another idea of ​​the past few weeks - owners of old and high polluting cars to pay more - is perceived well, at least in theory. A majority of 66% approve. Obviously, however, this idea would come up against the increased social sensitivity. This sensitivity is reflected in a number of indicators, such as the support of Cornelia Ninova's proposal to reduce the salaries of MPs (91% of the respondents), the majority of 84%, saying that at this point in time it could not bear an increase in the cost of electricity or the majority of 63% opposed to the return of the royal properties.

There is also a strong desire to end the abuse of disability pensions - 92% of respondents say that such abuses are many and this should be stopped. This is another expression of the disorderly sense of justice.

The saga with Desislava Ivancheva, however, polarizes public opinion. 44% find that what is happening seems to be rather complicated, 34% believe the opposite, and 22% can not judge. These results show that, despite the strong public desire for justice, the protection of human dignity as a value stands high in the Bulgarians scale, Gallup notes.
At the same time, the clear position of the Prosecutor's Office on the case of Zhelyaz and the other Bulgarians sought by the United States (announced mid-month) wins sympathy for the prosecution and the Prosecutor General - a majority of 60% approves that the prosecutor does not seek detention at any cost for Zhelyaz and the other four people.

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