Monthly Archive: April 2005


E-bulletin of IISEPS Center for Documentation, N 4, 2005 (only Russian) Content: Introduction Theme of the month: Progress in Russia-Belarus Relations: Necessity to Solve Routine Problems or Something Greater? Person of the month: Condoleezza Rice: Far-Sighted Politician or Mouthpiece of “US Anti-National Regime”? Document of the month: President’s Annual Statement: “Report to People” or “Instructions …

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In the course of recent opinion poll, we have found out that chances of the current head of state at the next presidential election are fairly high among all voters. To remind, almost 46.4% of respondents say they are ready to support him at the next election if it takes place tomorrow; he runs by far ahead of any opposition candidate in the hypothetical second round; he enjoys the lowest negative rating the highest positive rating and over 70% of voters believe that he will win the coming presidential election. In addition, attitude of common citizens to A. Lukashenko’s opponents is very restrained. In this regards, the elite is different from common voters. (See Table 1).


Visa restrictions introduced by the European Union after the last year parliamentary election and referendum were applied to a few top officials who, as they decided in Brussels, were involved in law violation during the election. Apparently, this is the reason why under a half of Belarusian citizens didn’t hear anything about the visa ban. Awareness of opinion leaders and experts on this issue was almost 100%. (See Table 1).


In his recent annual address on the situation in the country, President A. Lukashenko underscored that the current power is very stablesince it is led, first of all, by people’s interests. However, voters themselves don’t estimate high the work of the authorities. Thus, they estimate in the positive the work of the president only while the Parliament, government and the local authorities aren’t given even a “three” (See Table 1).