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Poll: Vlad Plahotniuc- most corrupt politician in Moldova, 49% of Moldovans don’t trust any politician

The Institute for Public Policy of Moldova published the most recent “Barometer of the Public Opinion” (BOP), a socio-political poll conducted together with CBS-AXA.

According to the poll, 32,5% of Moldovans think the Democrat oligarch is the most corrupt politician in Moldova, being followed by Igor Dodon with 4,9% (cover photo). Nevertheless, 43,9% did not know how to respond, while 7% think all politicians are corrupt.

In case of Parliamentary elections, 26% of Moldovans would vote for the Socialists’ Party, 12,3% for the Action and Solidarity Party. The Platform “Dignity and Truth” and the Democratic Party would get 3,4% and 2,8% respectively. 31,3% declared they don’t know what party to vote for, while 14,2% would not vote.

50,5% of Moldovans don’t understand how the uninominal voting system would work for the Parliamentary elections.

36,9% would favor voting for party lists, 19,1% for a uninominal system, while 16% for a mixed system. 28,1% still don’t know how to answer or probably don’t understand the electoral system in Moldova.

47,2% of Moldovans would vote for joining the European Union in a referendum.

Some 42,4% would vote for joining the Eurasian Economic Union in a referendum.

Only 21,8% would vote in favor of Moldova uniting with Romania, and 56,2% would oppose the move.

Rather shockingly: Some 33% of Moldovans would vote for the union with the Russian Federation. Only 40,3% would oppose the move.

62,3% of respondents answered that Moldova should keep its neutrality as the best solution for the state security.

A federalized Moldova rather scares Moldovans: 38,4% would totally oppose a plan of federalization with Gagauzia and Transnistria as equal subjects with the rest of Moldova. 28,2% would support somehow the federalized state.

Moldovans mostly worry about the prices, the future of their children, the poverty, the unemployment, and the corruption.

As solutions to the country’s problems, Moldovans think first of fighting corruption and changing the government.

Sadly or not, 17,5% would leave Moldova forever if they had the occasion, 31,3% of Moldovans would leave for a period, while 48,5% would not leave at all.

TV remains to be the most popular and trustworthy source of information for Moldovans: 45,9% think of it as of a trustworthy source. 23,6% believe in online sources.

77% of Moldovans believe the things are going in a wrong direction in Moldova.

Thankfully, the Moldovans are more optimistic about how things go in the world: 23,2% think the things are going well, in general.

The Church remains to be the most trusted institution in Moldova with a positive score of 70,7%, followed by the City/Local Council with 40,5% and the Army with 38,2% of trust.

The poll was conducted between 18 November and 5 December 2017 and has an error rate of 2,9%.

Currently studying International Relations at the University of Pécs, Hungary. Study focus: Transnistrian conflict settlement, Moldovan statehood, Moldovan democracy.

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Igor Dodon is planning yet another visit to Moscow at the invitation of Putin

President Igor Dodon announced today that he will leave again in Moscow at the invitation of Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin. The Russian President invited Igor Dodon to attend the informal summit of the heads of CIS member states, to be held in Moscow on 26 December.

The invitation was sent by Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Chişinău Farit Muhametşin, whom Igor Dodon met today.

“I accepted this invitation, confirming that I will participate in it,” the president wrote on his Facebook page.

Reminder: The last Dodon-Putin meeting took place in October, in Sochi, at the meeting of the CIS Heads of State Council and the Eurasian Supreme Economic Council. Putin met with President Dodon separately and said that Russia would guarantee any possible settlement that would lead to the final settlement of the Transnistrian conflict.

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Supreme Court of Justice rejects appeal of Moldova ex-PM Vlad Filat, 9 years sentence stays valid

On 12 December, the Supreme Court of Justice of Moldova rejected as inadmissible the appeal of the former Prime-Minister Vlad Filat.

The Court motivated that the appeals of cancellation regarding Filat’s case are “clearly unfounded”.

According to Ziarul de Gardă, the decision means that Filat used all the national appeal tools and that he can apply for appeal only at the European Court for Human Rights (ECtHR). Igor Popa, the lawyer of the former Liberal-Democrat, previously declared that the European Court is the last hope for “justice”.

Former Liberal-Democrat Prime-Minister, Vlad Filat, was arrested on October 15th, 2015 for allegations of passive corruption and traffic influence towards the then businessman and now mayor of Orhei, Ilan Shor. On June 27th, 2016, he was condemned to nine years of closed imprisonment by the Court Buiucani of Chişinău, a decision reinforced by the Appeal Court of Chişinău on November 11th, 2016. Moldova’s Supreme Court rejected Filat’s lawyers’ requests to reexamine the case.

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Poll ordered by Democratic Party: Socialists-24,7%, PAS-16,3%, PDM-12,4%, PDA-5%

IMAS published the results of a poll on the political preferences of Moldovans at the request of the Democratic Party of Moldova.

The poll shows that the rating for the government party Democratic Party increased- to 12,4%. Nevertheless, the Socialists’ Party would lead with 24,7% of votes in the Parliamentary elections, Action and Solidarity Party- 16,3%. Close to the 5% threshold are Platform “Dignity and Truth” rated at 6,4% and the Communists’ Party with 5%. 9,4% of respondents declared they wouldn’t vote, while 14,1% didn’t know how to answer.

Source: IMAS Moldova

In a case of a referendum, 60% of Moldovans would vote for Moldova join the European Union. 44% would vote for the Eurasian Economic Union, 32% for union with Romania and only 21% for joining NATO. Between the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union, 56% of  Moldovans prefer the EU.

36% rated the activity of President Igor Dodon with grades from 7 to 10, 33% did so for PAS leader Maia Sandu and PM Pavel Filip, 31% for suspended Chișinău mayor Dorin Chirtoacă.

46% of people have little confidence in the Government led by Pavel Filip, 29% have none or very little confidence, while 19% believe in Filip’s cabinet.

According to the poll, 45% of Moldovans have a bad opinion about the initiative of some NGOs and several parties to start a referendum on switching the electoral system back to a proportional one. 38% have a good opinion about the latter. On the other hand, 63% think to spend the money on this referendum would not be justified.

The poll was conducted during November 27-December 7 with 1101 respondents, with an error rate of 3%.

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