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.