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RESULTS OF THE NATION OPINION POLL CONDUCTED ON MARCH 2-12, 2011

(1.524 persons interviewed, margin of error does not exceed 0.03)

 

1. What currency enjoys your greatest confidence?

Variant of answer

%

US dollars

56.4

Belarusian rubles

22.7

Euro

17.6

Russian rubles

1.3

DA/NA

2.0

2. Do you think young people can make a successful career in Belarus today?

Variant of answer

%

Yes, they can

45.9

No, they cannot

44.9

DA/NA

9.2

3. In his New Year’s greetings A. Lukashenko admitted for the first time that “there existed a majority and a minority of the Belarusian society”. What part of the society do you attribute yourself to?

Variant of answer

%

I belong to the majority of the Belarusian society

60.9

I belong to the minority of the Belarusian society

23.7

DA/NA

15.4

4. Was the president elected in the first round, in your opinion, or was the second round to be held?

Variant of answer

%

President was elected in the first round

57.8

The second round was to be held

32.8

DA/NA

9.4

5. Did the majority of those who came to the elections in December, 2010 actually vote for A. Lukashenko, in your opinion?

Variant of answer

%

Yes, it did. He had received as many votes as the Central Election Committee announced.

39.8

Yes, it did. Although he had received fewer votes than the Central Election Committee announced, but anyway more than a half.

35.4

No, it did not, as he did not receive a half of votes of those who had come to the elections.

24.1

NA

0.7

6. Did the victory of A. Lukashenko at the elections favor the unity of the Belarusian society, or vice versa, the widening of its split?

Variant of answer

%

A. Lukashenko’s victory united the Belarusian society still more

40.9

A. Lukashenko’s victory split the Belarusian society still more

38.7

DA/NA

20.4

7. How do you assess the mass action which took place in Minsk in Independence Square on December 19, 2010 on the night after the elections?

Variant of answer

%

It was an attempt of a coup d’etat

48.0

It was a peaceful protest action

36.1

DA/NA

15.9

8. After the action which took place in Minsk in Independence Square on December 19, 2010 about 700 people, including 7 former presidential contenders, were arrested; criminal proceedings were instituted against 40 people for organization and participation in mass disturbances. Some people consider the authorities’ actions to be lawful, others disagree. And what is your opinion?

Variant of answer

%

I think the authorities acted in the right way

47.7

I think the authorities acted in the wrong way

42.4

DA/NA

9.9

9. Recently president A. Lukashenko has more than once affirmed that the opposition was preparing a coup d’etat on December, 19. Do you agree with it?

Variant of answer

%

Yes, I do

43.4

No, I do not

28.4

It makes no difference to me

18.3

DA/NA

9.9

10. A. Lukashenko has become president of the country again. Did you personally want it?

Variant of answer

%

Yes

46.2

No

43.2

DA/NA

10.6

11. Are you traveling to neighboring countries (to visit, for shopping etc.)?

Variant of answer

%

No

59.8

Yes, to Ukraine

19.3

Yes, to EU countries (Poland, Lithuania, Latvia)

10.8

Yes, to Russia

9.8

NA

0.3

12. Do you think Belarus will ever join the European Union?

Variant of answer

%

It never will

28.6

Yes, it will, but not earlier than in 10 years

31.0

Yes, it will, within the next 10 years

16.1

DA/NA

24.3

13. Dynamics of answering the question: “What is your opinion about president of Belarus A. Lukashenko, president of Russia D. Medvedev, and about president of the USA B. Obama?

Variant of answer

Genarally positive

Generally negative

DA/NA

D. Medvedev

69.5

15.6

14.9

B. Obama

54.2

19.6

26.2

A. Lukashenko

50.7

40.3

9.0

14. Which statement do you agree with?

Variant of answer

%

If Russia increases gas prices for Belarus up to the European level, Belarusian economy will collapse

65.2

Belarus is a self-sufficient country, its economy will survive even if gas prices are increased up to the European level

33.8

NA

1.0

15. They often speak on Belarusian TV about a conspiracy that western countries headed by the USA are trying to organize for the purpose of overthrowing of power in Belarus. Do you believe in such a conspiracy?

Variant of answer

%

No, I do not

51.7

Yes, I do

33.9

DA/NA

14.4

16. In Egypt president H. Mubarak, who had been ruling over the country for 30 years, went into retirement after days-long mass manifestations. Why did it happen, in your opinion? (more than one answer is possible)

Variant of answer

%

It is a popular uprising against cruel and unjust authorities

42.1

It is a result of people’s tiredness from the same person at the head of the state

25.4

It is a rebellion of hungry people

23.6

It is a conspiracy against ligitimate authorities

11.4

DA/NA

9.9

17. Do you think events similar to the ones in Egypt, can be repeated in Belarus?

Variant of answer

%

No

68.7

Yes

19.6

DA/NA

11.7

18. Which society is the fairest one, in your opinion?

Variant of answer

%

Belarusian

28.1

German

23.7

American

20.6

Polish

6.0

Russian

3.4

DA/NA

18.2

19. The EU and the USA have imposed new sanctions on the governing body of Belarus – 160 Belarusian officials, judges and journalists headed by A. Lukashenko have been barred entry to these countries. They are held responsible for rigging the results of the presidential elections and for repressions against participants of the peace protest actions. Some of our citizens consider that it is good, others–that it is bad. And what is your opinion?

Variant of answer

%

It is good

17.5

It is bad

37.7

It makes no difference to me

38.9

DA/NA

5.9

20. Some Belarusian and foreign political figures suggest imposing economic sanctions on Belarus in order to assure the country’s democratization. What is your attitude to such suggestions?

Variant of answer

%

It is positive

16.6

It is negative

44.2

It is indifferent

39.1

NA

0.1