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Citizens' trust in politicians is in free fall. Politicians, the Government and the Parliament are rated as unprivileged, saying that the discrediting of the citizens in the electoral processes is due to the politicians themselves. & Nbsp;

In April and as Cyprus prepares to enter the pre-election battlefield for good, the Cyprus Association of Market Research Polls conducted the first joint poll in which all members of SEDEAK participated. Respondents who took part in the survey were asked to rate various institutions and record their assessments of the future of the place, the institutions, the importance of the Presidential Elections. & Nbsp;

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The president of SEDEAK, Eleni Marangou, presenting the research, noted that “in recent years, through the polls conducted, there is a decline in public confidence in institutions.” Those who seem to have lost the most trust in the world are the Legislature and the Executive, the Army and the Church. & Nbsp;

The 800 respondents who participated in the survey were asked to rate the various institutions and record their satisfaction. In the first place they rank the GESS (3.34), followed in the second place by the institution of the Auditor General (3.25) and followed by Public Education (2.58) and the Prosecutor's Office (2.51). These are the four institutions that pass the base on a rating scale from 1 (no optimism) to 5 (full optimism). & Nbsp;

Two institutions that with their decisions determine the life of the citizens, get unprovoked. The Parliament (Legislative power) is rated with 2.27 and the state (Executive power) with 2.26. In terms of public transport, it ranks last with 2.20.

Citizens were also asked about the professions they trust, again on a scale of 1 to 5. Politicians remain unaudited, as citizens say they do not trust them. In order, according to the rating they received, the citizens trust: Artists (3.73), Doctors (3.47), Polling Companies (3.26), Teachers (3.17), Military (3.10), Accountants (3.02), Police (2.76), Businessmen (2.72), Lawyers (2.46), Trade Unions (2.42) and Politicians (1.77).

The poll asked questions about the presidential election to be held in 2023. To the question “Who will be elected will affect your life in the coming years or not?”, 51% answered in the affirmative, 37% negatively, 10 % answered “Depends” and 2% “I do not know/I do not answer”. & nbsp;

The rates of positive responses are higher at younger ages (63% and 55% for people 18-24 and 25-44 respectively), as opposed to older ages (50% and 39% for people 45-64 and 65+ respectively). The rates of negative responses are higher at older ages (43% and 41% for people 45-64 and 65+ respectively) as opposed to younger ages (22% and 35% for people 18-24 and 25-44 respectively ).

Citizens were also asked “Why do you think a number of citizens do not turn out to vote in elections?”. Respondents cited the lack of trust in politicians as the first reason (55%). The second reason is that they do not believe that things will change whoever is elected (38%) and the third reason is indifference (29%). & Nbsp;

According to the findings of this research, citizens seem to take into account what the polls record. When asked how much the results of the polls affect the citizens regarding the candidate they will vote for, the respondents answered “To some extent” (59%), “Not at all” (28%) and “Very much” (11%). Also, when asked how much the results of the polls influence the citizens in their decision to vote or not in the presidential elections, the respondents answered “To some extent” (57%), “Not at all” (28%) and “Very” (13%) . & nbsp;

It is noted that the effect of poll results on citizens' decision is greater at younger ages. Older people are the ones who say they are not affected at all by the results of the polls. & Nbsp;

Poll companies are currently running out of polls requested by parties and candidates. According to Eleni Marangou, “several polls are already being conducted, but their results are not made public”, indicating that in order for the research to be made public, it must be approved by the person who ordered it, while reminding that its identity must be presented during publication. poll. & nbsp;

What is recorded in the research is the climate of pessimism that prevails among Cypriots. Women are more optimistic (2.46 compared to men, whose optimism reaches 2.34), while the most optimistic ages are 18-24 and 25-44 (2.63 and 2.50 respectively) in contrast with 45-64 and 65+ (2.24 and 2.33 respectively). Optimism is higher in the provinces of Nicosia and Paphos (2.43 and 2.50) in contrast to the provinces of Larnaca (2.39), Limassol (2.39) and Famagusta (2.11).

Men are more ready for a female President & nbsp;

To the question “Do you think that Cypriots are ready to accept a woman for President of the country?” 60% answered in the affirmative, 38% in the negative and 2% “I do not know/I do not answer”. The percentage of positive responses is higher in men compared to women (63% and 57% respectively). In addition, the positive responses are higher at older ages (64% and 73% for people 45-64 and 65+ respectively) compared to younger ones (47% and 53% for people 18-24 and 25-44 respectively) . Negative responses are higher at younger ages (51% and 46% for people 18-24 and 25-44 respectively) compared to older ones (32% and 25% for people 45-64 and 65+ respectively)./p>

In November 1980 the first step was taken & nbsp;

This research was the first conducted by all members of SEDEAK. This event gave Eleni Marangou the opportunity to go back in time. & Nbsp;

The first poll in our country was conducted in November 1980 by KEMA and investigated various issues that were current at that time, as well as the intention to vote in parliamentary elections. & nbsp;

Ms. Marangou noted that the results of the poll provoked reactions from parties and politicians, as can be seen from the articles of that time. KEMA's reactions and response to them contributed to the announcement of the institution of the poll and to the encouragement of the public to express their views more freely in public opinion polls, explained the president of SEDEAK.

Since then, the poll has been established as the communication channel between the public and the decision-making centers, Ms. Marangou pointed out.

Source: www.philenews.com

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