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 Thursday, December 12 2019 13:28
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Survey: The overwhelming majority of Armenian citizens consider  authorities` fight against corruption efficient

Survey: The overwhelming majority of Armenian citizens consider  authorities` fight against corruption efficient

ArmInfo.The vast majority of Armenian citizens are optimistic about the future of the country. This is evidenced by the data of a new nationwide survey conducted by  the Center for Sociological Surveys of the International Republican  Institute (IRI) in Armenia.

The study was conducted in September-October 2019, 1,200 people over  18 years old and permanently residing in Armenia took part in it.  Data was collected across the country from September 20 to October  13, 2019 through individual interviews in respondent homes.

Thus, according to the results of the study, 70% of respondents are  optimistic about the future of the country, and 62% of respondents  said that the country is moving in the right direction. 76% and 63%  of respondents respectively rated the activities of the office of the  Prime Minister and the National Assembly.

At the same time, 66% believe that the government is doing enough to  fight corruption, and 70% believe that the fight was effective.  However, citizens also want to see further action in the area of  socio-economic issues and transitional justice. "The recent  allegations against former senior officials show how serious the  corruption problem was under the previous leadership," said Stephen  Nix, IRI Regional Director for Eurasia

At the same time, the report notes that the number of citizens, who  consider job creation the priority issue of the country's  authorities, continues to grow - 38% compared with the previous 30%,  and socio-economic problems - 29% compared with the previous 18%. The  number of citizens who consider poor governance to be the biggest  omission of the new government is also increasing, as many as 27%  instead of the previous 22%. At the same time, 82% of respondents  favored reforming the judicial system, calling it a priority. The  survey was funded by the US Agency for International Development. The  International Republican Institute is a nonprofit organization that  proclaims its goal to assist individual countries in building  democracy. 

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