Georgia, Tbilisi, Jan. 5 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
Georgian experts believe President Mikheil Saakashvili has been able to maintain the highest rating among politicians in Georgia over the past six years. Polls conducted by international organizations and researchers showed that today Saakashvili has no serious opponent either among members of his party or among the opposition.
Jan. 4 saw the sixth anniversary of Saakashvili's election as Georgia's president with 97th percent of the vote.
Experts note the leaders who exercise ruling during the transition period and forced to make unpopular reforms are, as a rule, deprived of support. They are often re-elected. However, Saakashvili was able to withstand the waves of opposition, social riots, and early elections. Now he enjoys high rating.
The study of influential organization such as NDI and IRI have shown that today the Georgian president has such a high rating, which he has not in last years. According to the NDI, a negative rating amounts to 27 percent when 61 percent of respondents showed a positive attitude towards him. Only 13 percent of respondents regarded the president's activity as "bad", the Imedi television channel reported.
Based on the IRI study, Saakashvili is the most popular politician with 70-percent of positive rating. Only 25 percent evaluate his activities negatively.
Greenberg's poll showed that 62 percent of respondents believe Saakashvili is on right path and only 32 percent considers it necessary to change course. Some 73 percent of respondents appraise Saakashvili's activities during his ruling period. Only 22 percent of respondents do not justify Saakashvili's activities.
Georgian experts recognize the research of Western scientists and claim that Saakashvili has no rivals either in his party - United National Movement, nor among the opposition, which is more regrettable. "Unfortunately, the public has not offered a new leader and it is bad, because Saakashvili will be obliged to resign in 2013," experts say.
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