30 % of Bulgarians Have Confidence in Coalition Government – Gallup

Society | May 25, 2015, Monday // 15:58
Bulgaria: 30 % of Bulgarians Have Confidence in Coalition Government – Gallup File photo

The coalition government of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has entered its routine working schedule and is no longer seen as something new and curious by Bulgarians.

In the middle of May, 30 % were confident in the government, while 57 % expressed mistrust in the cabinet.

This is visible from the monthly political and economic index of Gallup International, which was released on Monday.

The figures do not show considerable changes from the previous month and are almost identical with those from the beginning of April.

As usual, the trust in the parliament was much lower, with only 18 % approving of its work, while 68 % held a negative view.

The president was approved by 32 % of the respondents, while 56 % had a negative opinion of the institution.

According to 23 % of the respondents the country was heading in a better direction, while 62 % saw it as headed for the worse.

The months before the resignation of the government of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski were characterised with increased negative ratings.

There was a logical minor increase in the positive attitudes towards the cabinet and parliament in the first months of the coalition government of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

The beginning of the spring marked a new period when the levels of approval settled at certain values, which is also valid for the month of May.

In case early parliamentary elections were to take place, five parties (GERB, BSP, DPS, the Reformist Bloc and the Patriotic Front) were to definitely enter parliament.

Another two parties – the nationalist Ataka and the Alternative for Bulgarian Revival (ABV) also hold some chances of passing the electoral threshold.

GERB would win the elections with 24 % of the votes, followed by BSP with 15 %, DPS with 8 % and the Reformist Bloc (RB) and the Patriotic Front (PF) with 4 % each.

As regards the individual approval ratings, European Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva and Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova boasted the highest levels of support.

Among the members of the government, Regional Minister Lilyana Pavlova, Health Minister Petar Moskov, Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev and Prime Minister Boyko Borisov had approval ratings of around 30 %.

A total of 43 % of Bulgarians expect the general state of the country's economy to worsen in the next year, with only 15 % considering it will improve, while 33 % expect it will remain the same.

Half of the respondents expect the material state of their household to remain the same, according to 26 % it will worsen, while only 7 % foresee an improvement.

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Tags: Bulgaria, trust, mistrust, approval, government, parliament, president, GERB, BSP, DPS, RB, PF, Ataka, ABV, elections, Kristalina Georgieva, Yordanka Fandakova, Lilyana Pavlova, Petar Moskov, Tomislav Donchev, Boyko Borisov, Plamen Oresharski, economy
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