Approval of Bulgarian Govt Falls below Critical 20% - Poll
Bulgarian society is on the path of a spiral institutional and political collapse, is the main conclusion of a recent poll of the "Alfa Research" agency.
The regular, nationally representative survey of the agency shows that in October trust in government fell below the critical 20%, while the gap between positive and negative assessments of the development of the country is now three to one (16% and 48%, respectively). Even ratings of institutions that enjoy traditional approval are now plummeting. Support for major political forces is also declining. The majority of respondents believe that the best outcome in the current situation is early elections (78%) and the trend is for their share to grow.
For the fourth straight month, the confidence in the government is going down, and has hit 19%, which is below the psychological barrier of 20% and below the electoral potential of political parties that support it – the left-wing Bulgarian Socialist party, BSP and the liberal, predominantly ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, note "Alfa Research" experts. Negative assessments have increased to 49% and reflect the dissatisfaction of various social groups for various reasons.
After three months of stabilization, the personal rating of Prime Minister, Plamen Oresharski, of about 30% in September, fell sharply down. Currently it is 24% positive and 48% negative, and he has less popularity than his predecessor Boyko Borisov at the end of his term.
Beyond the protests, the other factor that affects most the declining confidence in the government, according to sociologists, is the assessment of the economic situation of the country. Only 16% rated it positively, 48% - negatively.
The issue of extending the moratorium on land sale to EU citizens is seen as a sign of government weakness and loss of credibility. 30% of respondents see it as a principled position that safeguards the interests of Bulgarian citizens; 62% are of the opinion it is unprincipled, led by purely partisan interests, the study shows.
President Rosen Plevneliev lost 6% of his personal rating and the positive assessments of his activities are aligned with the negative (29% to 29%). Supporters of BSP and the extremist nationalist Ataka party give him the most negative assessment, while the most positive one comes from supporters of right-wing parties and DPS.
Since August, when Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov had 35% support, in October he lost almost 10%. As with Plevneliev, the positive and negative assessments of his activities are aligned (26% to 26%).
The Parliament remains with its critical 11% confidence, but its negative ratings increase by almost 10%.
Bulgarian EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva and the Ombudsman Konstatnin Penchev remain relatively less affected by the erosion of trust. Both maintain positive ratings, but they register a decline of around 5%. Kristalina Georgieva enjoys 40% confidence and 21% distrust, and Penchev - 32% and 16%, respectively.
The low level of trust (12%) in one of the key institutions and symbol of stability in the country - the Constitutional Court, is an extremely disturbing symptom, and was generated by its rule in the case "Peevski," says the analysis of sociologists.
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