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IRI poll: 49% of Moldovans support joining EU, Igor Dodon’s approval rating at 48%

The International Republican Institute published the results of the latest Public Opinion Survey of Residents of Moldova. The survey touches upon topics like the pace of change in Moldova, public satisfaction with government and presidency, political preferences, foreign policy choices and media choices.

According to Stephen Nix, IRI Regional Director for Eurasia, the dramatic increase in the number of Moldovans who feel the country is headed in the wrong direction indicates that the optimism that followed the November 2016 presidential election has soured. Nix believes that the high dissatisfaction is related to the unstable economy and the rampant corruption- issues that need to be addressed by the government.

Nix sees the high support for EU membership among young Moldovans as a signal that citizens increasingly favor a more European-oriented approach to the economy.

Source: iri.org

The pace of change in Moldova does not satisfy Moldovans:

Source: iri.org

Low income/pensions, Unemployment, and Corruption remain to be the most important problems for Moldovans:

Source: iri.org

Few Moldovans think the economic situation improved in Moldova:

Source: iri.org

But some are a bit more hopeful about the future of the economy:

Source: iri.org

Causes of corruption are diverse in the opinion of Moldovans:

Source: iri.org

And contrary to the previous opinion polls, Moldovans now find more corruption within the high-profile institutions like the Parliament and less related to the regular public servants:

Source: iri.org

Few Moldovans are satisfied with the way democracy is developing in Moldova:

Source: iri.org

But at the same time, 54% (+21% to a certain extent) chose to prioritize economic prosperity over the democracy in Moldova:

Source: iri.org

More Moldovans support or favor the introduction of the mixed electoral system:

Source: iri.org

Moldovans also believe that the majority of them are afraid to speak up and express their political views:

Source: iri.org

The Moldovan Orthodox Church stays as the institution with the best image, but it is challenged by the Romanian Orthodox Church:

Source: iri.org

83% of Moldovans do not want to donate to the political party they support:

Source: iri.org

Most of the people are dissatisfied with the actions of the Parliamentary majority led by the Democratic Party:

Source: iri.org

Igor Dodon stays as the most trusted politician in Moldova, while Maia Sandu has only 15% of trust. 38% say they don’t trust anyone:

Source: iri.org

The popularity of President Dodon’s actions is also contestable:

Most Moldovans disapprove the Democrat Government led by Pavel Filip, although a big part somewhat approves it:

Source: iri.org

In case of Parliamentary elections, 34% of people would vote for the Socialists’ Party, 23% for the Action and Solidarity Party and 9% for the Democratic Party led by the oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc.

Source: iri.org

The popularity of the EU membership increased to a three-year high:

Source: iri.org

Most of the EU supporters are young:

Source: iri.org

Support for joining NATO remains low among Moldovans:

Source: iri.org

More Moldovans believe Transnistria should be an ordinary region of Moldova without any autonomous status:

Source: iri.org

The survey was coordinated by Dr. Rasa Alisauskiene from Baltic Surveys/The Gallup Organization on behalf of the Center for Insights in Survey Research. The fieldwork was carried out by Magenta Consulting. The survey was conducted throughout Moldova (with the exception of Transnistria) from September 23 to October 17, 2017, through face-to-face interviews in respondents’ homes. The sample consisted of 1,514 permanent residents of Moldova aged 18 and older and eligible to vote and is representative of the general population by age, gender, education, region, and settlement size. The response rate was 65 percent. The survey was funded by the United States Agency for International Development.

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A group of Democratic Party deputies demanded temporary suspension of President Igor Dodon

President Igor Dodon is on the brink of his fourth temporary suspension after he repeatedly refused to appoint two candidates as ministers.

Today, a group of deputies of the Democratic Party submitted a petition to the Constitutional Court, requesting “a statement of the circumstances justifying the interim president of the Republic of Moldova in order to overcome the constitutional blockade generated by the deliberate refusal to fulfill the constitutional obligation of the appointment of some members of the Government.”

Reminder: Although Prime Minister Pavel Filip declared he will insist on the two candidatures, Igor Dodon refuses to sign the decrees for the appointment of the new ministers proposed by PDM. Dodon said that Silvia Radu, proposed for the position of Minister of Health, would not be a specialist in the given field, and Nicolae Ciubuc, who was promoted to the Minister of Agriculture, would have problems of integrity.

Silvia Radu, proposed as Minister of Health, Labor and Social Protection

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Dodon refuses to appoint the two ministers. PM Filip will ask the CCM to suspend the president

The political spectacle continues. President Igor Dodon sent a letter to Prime Minister Pavel Philip informing him that he did not accept to nominate the two candidates for the positions of Minister of Health, Labor and Social Protection (Silvia Radu), as well as agriculture and food industry (Nicolae Ciubuc), proposed by the Democratic Party.

“I think everyone has to deal with what they’re better at. One needs to understand the difference between paracetamol and aspirin,” the head of state said.

Moreover, Igor Dodon believes that this is done in order to launch these candidates in the election campaign later on.

In reply, Prime Minister Pavel Filip said that President Igor Dodon’s refusal to accept the two proposed ministers is a new violation of the Constitution.

“We will address the Constitutional Court to call for a solution to this institutional blockage that the head of state is trying to provoke,” the prime minister declared.

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James Pettit: The process of European integration is slowing down

Compared to the year 2016, Moldova’s European integration process has recently slowed down. The statement belongs to the US Ambassador to Chisinau, James Pettit. During a show at TVR Moldova television, the diplomat mentioned that a cause of the slowdown may be the fact that the Republic of Moldova is on the verge of parliamentary elections, IPN reports.

The ambassador considers that the biggest challenge in terms of European integration of the Republic of Moldova is corruption, which exists in all areas. At the same time, the diplomat claims that there are several areas that are not working well, including the legal sector that has not made much progress in recent years. As a national tragedy, the ambassador called the migration of the population of the Republic of Moldova.

The Ambassador said that the US is providing training through its programs for judges, lawyers, and civil servants.

“From time to time we have experts in the US or in Europe who can train these officials,” declared Pettit.

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