Baku, Azerbaijan, May 29
By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:
The majority of Azerbaijanis are satisfied with the way democracy works in the country, according to the 'Autumn 2013 EU Neighbourhood Barometer for Azerbaijan' survey results, posted on the website of the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre.
The survey was conducted in the framework of an EU-funded opinion polling project for the Neighbourhood.
The survey, based on 974 interviews conducted in December 2013-January 2014, found that 65 percent of respondents are satisfied with the democracy in Azerbaijan, compared to 29 percent on average in other Eastern Partnership countries.
Some 46 percent of people asked feel the EU is an important partner, with 45 percent believing the EU and Azerbaijan share sufficient common values to be able to cooperate.
Meanwhile, some 48 percent of people feel the EU brings peace and stability in the region.
The majority of respondents (56 percent) feel the EU has good relations with Azerbaijan, compared to 47 percent in the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) East region, while merely 16 percent feel the relations are not good.
The poll has revealed that 42 percent of Azerbaijanis have trust in the EU, followed by the UN (27 percent) and the NATO (25 percent).
The majority of those questioned (62 percent) are generally optimistic about their lives, with a high degree of satisfaction among the younger and more educated respondents.
The survey showed that the younger and more educated respondents are satisfied with the direction in which the country is going.
More than half of respondents (53 percent) are optimistic about the chances that the economic situation in Azerbaijan will improve in the next twelve months.
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