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RESULTS OF THE NATION OPINION POLL CONDUCTED ON JUNE 2-12, 2009

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

 

1. To what extent are you satisfied with the present day living conditions in Belarus?

Variant of answer

%

Completely satisfied

8.8

More likely satisfied

40.9

More likely unsatisfied

35.1

Completely unsatisfied

12.7

DA/NA

2.5

2. Has the economic crisis begun in Belarus, in your opinion?

Variant of answer

%

Yes

73.1

No

15.1

DA/NA

11.8

3. How many times during the last 12 months have you faced arrears in salary or pension payment?

Variant of answer

%

None

70.4

Once

8.3

Several times

15.9

Monthly

3.0

NA

2.4

4. Who, in your opinion, is mainly responsible for the worsening of the economic circumstances in the country? (more than one answer is possible)

Variant of answer

%

Government

40.7

President

40.6

The West

36.2

Local authorities

22.6

Heads of state enterprises and collective farms

14.7

Russia

13.0

Mafia

9.5

Businessmen

8.5

Mass media (newspapers, radio, TV)

4.0

Other

2.5

DA

9.4

5. Whom (what) would you pin your hopes for the economic development of Belarus on? (more than one answer is possible)

Variant of answer

%

On attraction of foreign capital

52.7

On the president of the country

35.7

On the government of the country

34.2

On Belarusian businessmen

23.2

On heads of state enterprises, collective farms, etc.

16.5

On political parties and movements

7.2

On the National Assembly

4.6

On mass media

3.2

On the army and security bodies

2.1

On the judicial system of the country

1.8

DA

10.4

6. Which opinion do you agree with?

Variant of answer

%

Belarus needs changes

48.0

Belarus needs stability

46.4

DA/NA

5.6

7. How do you, as a whole, assess the political situation in Belarus?

Variant of answer

%

It is safe

7.2

It is quiet

54.6

It is tense

31.4

It is critical, highly explosive

2.7

DA/NA

4.1

8. Some people consider themselves supporters of the present authorities, others–their opponents. Which group would you ascribe yourself to?

Variant of answer

%

I consider myself a supporter of the present authorities

39.1

I consider myself an opponent of the present authorities

22.1

I did not think about it and it is all the same to me

32.9

DA/NA

5.9

9. If a referendum on integration of Belarus and Russia were being held today, how would you vote?

Variant of answer

%

Against integration

44.3

For integration

38.8

I would not take part in voting

12.4

DA/NA

4.5

10. If a referendum on the question whether Belarus should enter the European Union were being held now in Belarus, what choice would you make?

Variant of answer

%

For

41.4

Against

39.8

I would not take part in voting

10.8

DA/NA

8.0

11. If you had to choose between integration with Russia and joining the European Union, what choice would you make?

Variant of answer

%

Integration with Russia

42.1

Joining the European Union

41.4

DA/NA

16.5

12. The governing body of the country has made a final decision to build a nuclear power plant in Belarus. What is your attitude to this decision?

Variant of answer

%

I approve of it

40.7

I disapprove of it

38.2

It makes no difference to me

14.1

DA/NA

7.0

13. Which opinion do you agree with? (more than one answer is possible)

Variant of answer

%

In our country all citizens are equal before the law, and anyone who violates it will be punished without fail

26.8

Those who have money and connections can evade punishment for crimes

55.6

Those who hold high posts can evade punishment for crimes

32.5

14. Is it possible, in your opinion, to gain impartial decisions under the present day Belarusian judicial system?

Variant of answer

%

It is always possible

23.6

It is sometimes possible

45.3

It is virtually impossible

29.8

DA/NA

1.3

15. Does the judicial system of our country need a reform?

Variant of answer

%

Yes, a reform is necessary

55.8

No, a reform is unnecessary

19.2

DA/NA

25.0

16. Are you for or against the abolition of capital punishment in the Republic of Belarus?

Variant of answer

%

Against abolition

48.4

For abolition

41.7

DA/NA

9.9

17. Are there people among your friends and acquaintances who have been in prisons, prison settlements or other places of detention, or are there no such people among your friends and acquaintances?

Variant of answer

%

Yes, there are

35.2

No, there aren’t

59.9

I was there myself

3.8

DA/NA

1.1

18. Is it necessary or unnecessary to improve incarceration conditions of inmates in Belarusian prisons?

Variant of answer

%

Yes, it is

55.0

No, it is not

28.6

DA/NA

16.4

19. Do you know, have you heard of or do you hear it now for the first time that the share of inmates in Belarus within the population is one of the greatest in the world?

Variant of answer

%

Yes, I do

7.4

I have heard of it

22.3

I hear about it for the first time now

67.1

DA/NA

3.2

20. Some people believe that our fellow citizens often violate the laws because they treat them with disrespect. Others consider that our fellow citizens violate the laws because they are forced to do it. Which opinion–the former or the latter–do you agree with?

Variant of answer

%

With the former

48.1

With the latter

39.2

DA/NA

12.7

21. Is the post of a human rights commissioner necessary in Belarus, in your opinion?

Variant of answer

%

Yes, it is necessary

53.3

No, there is no need for such a post

31.7

DA/NA

15.0

22. How, in your opinion, should a human rights commissioner be nominated, if such a post is introduced in Belarus?

Variant of answer

%

He should be elected nationwide

40.1

He should be nominated by the president

12.0

He should be nominated by the Constitutional Court

9.4

He should be nominated by the parliament

8.9

He should be nominated by the government

5.1

By a different method

1.8

DA/NA

22.7

23. Does or does not the capital punishment contradict moral and religious principles of the human society, in your opinion?

Variant of answer

%

Yes, it does

58.6

No, it does not

32.0

DA/NA

9.4

24. According to the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus young men have the right to serve military obligations in an alternative way at their own choice (for instance, at social jobs). However, no law about the alternative military service has been enacted until now. Should the right of the citizens for the alternative military service be secured, in your opinion?

Variant of answer

%

No, all physically qualified young men should serve in the army

46.8

Yes, it is necessary to enact an appropriate law

46.4

DA/NA

6.8

25. Are you satisfied with the social assistance provided by the state?

Variant of answer

%

Yes

7.2

More likely yes

23.5

More likely no

25.9

No

19.3

NA

24.1