Bulgarians Losing Confidence in Government, Parliament – Gallup

Society | March 17, 2015, Tuesday // 17:10
Bulgaria: Bulgarians Losing Confidence in Government, Parliament – Gallup File photo

The latest political and economic index of Gallup, which was released on Tuesday, shows that the relatively calmer period for the government seems to be nearing its end.

Although there are no considerable negative tendencies in the public opinion, the positive inertia from the previous months is exhausted.

The likely causes for this decrease in confidence are the approval of the issue of new BGN 16 B debt and the recent reshuffles in cabinet.

The confidence in the government decreased and reached 28 %, while the mistrust increased to 61 %.

Bulgarians have an even lower confidence in the parliament, with only 17 % trusting the institution, while 73 % expressed their mistrust.

The presidential institution retains its levels of confidence and mistrust, while surprisingly the trust in the banking system remains stable.

Almost two thirds of Bulgarians pointed that the country is headed for the worse, while only 20 % expressed optimism on Bulgaria's development.

Nearly two-thirds disapprove the government's intentions for the issue of new BGN 16 B debt for the next three years, while only 20 % approve it.

There are no significant changes in the electoral support for the main parties as well as the approval ratings of different political figures.

In case early parliamentary elections were to take place, GERB would win with 25 % of the votes, followed by BSP with 14.6 % and DPS with 6.3 %.

The Reformist Bloc (RB) has lost some of its support, dropping to 4.7 %, while the Patriotic Front (PF) has gained, reaching 4.1 %.

Three of the remaining parliamentary represented parties - ABV, Ataka and Bulgarian Democratic Centre (BDC) are unlikely to pass the electoral threshold in case early elections were to take place.

The foreign policy topics continue to cause hesitation among Bulgarians and demonstrate their low levels of awareness.

Half of Bulgarians have the feeling that the conflict in Ukraine is deepening, while 21 % hold the opposite opinion.

This shows that the ceasefire, which had been agreed in Minsk, did not convince Bulgarians that the crisis in Ukraine is headed towards resolution.

Most Bulgarians express negative attitude towards the sanctions imposed on Russia, with 45 % being against them, while only 21 % support them.

The confidence in the European Union (EU) retains its traditionally high levels, gravitating around 60 %, while the trust in NATO is more contained, being around 33 %.

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