Majority of Georgians see western-style democracy as the best model for Georgia
The survey released today by the US National Democratic Institute (NDI) branch in Georgia says that 92 percent of Georgians believe that living in a democratic country is important, and that a majority believe a western-style democracy is best for the country, Trend reports referring to Agenda.ge.
However, the poll reads that only 43% believe Georgia is currently democratic, whereas 46% do not.
Responding to polling about the recent presidential elections, 69% of Georgians said that they voted in the first round and 76 % in the second round.
Georgians’ evaluation of the election process was mixed. Respondents reported that the polling stations were mostly well ordered and officials prepared, the process was not intimidating, and the Central Election Commission performed well or average, 41 percent and 34 percent, respectively,” the report reads.
However, the polls also show that almost a third of those polled (30%) reported that they were not confident in the final count.
According to the survey, public approval of government performance is also mixed, with over half of those surveyed judging it to be poor and just 44% judging it to be good, with the most negative assessments coming out of Tbilisi (60% of Tbilisi respondents reported being dissatisfied with government performance ).
Twenty-seven percent say that Georgian Dream (GD) party is closest to them, followed by the United National Movement (UNM) at twelve percent, and the European Georgia (EG) and Alliance of Patriots (AoP) both at three percent,” NDI says.
The results reflect data collected between December 6 and 20, 2018, through face-to-face interviews with a nationwide representative sample of Georgia’s adult population, excluding the occupied regions.