People in Serbia do not trust institutions, survey shows

NEWS 14.06.2018 19:51
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The latest opinion poll conducted by Eurobarometer and covering the EU member and candidate states shows that people in Serbia do not place much trust in either national or the European Union institutions.

Less than a half of them, or 44 percent, said they trusted the government, 33 percent had confidence in the parliament, while 49 and 60 percent did not have faith in those institutions respectively.

Asked about the EU, 36 percent said they trusted the block, while 48 percent said they did not. The best opinion about the block had young people at the age between 15 and 24, according to the Eurobarometer survey conducted from March 17 to 28 and published on Thursday.

The result also shows that 39 percent out of 33,130 pollees have a positive stand toward the EU and the majority of the Europeans see the economic situation as good and are optimistic about the future.

The trust in the Union is on the rise, and the support to the economic and monetary union is at the highest level in recent years.

The European Commission said that, according to the survey, more Europeans had a favorable opinion about the Union, while the percentage of those who believed their voice mattered was the highest since 2004.

When asked what the EU meant to them personally, 38 percent of the pollees in Serbia and 52 percent in the EU member states listed the freedom of movement, studying and work across the EU, while 31 percent stated economic progress.

In Serbia, those polled mentioned unemployment (43 percent), economic situation (38 percent), inflation and rise in the cost of living (22 percent), crime (21 percent) and health, social insurance and public debt (13 percent) as significant problems.

Personally, the challenges are more or less the same: their households’ bad financial situation, inflation, living conditions and unemployment.

Three-quarters of Serbia’s nationals said the economic situation in the country was bad, and the majority did not believe it would improve, the survey showed.