Moldova: First Poll Since Government Dissolution Indicates Confidence in Democracy
Chișinău, Moldova— A new poll by theInternational Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights in Survey Research (CISR) indicates improved confidence in Moldovan democracy but persistent economic anxiety.The survey was conducted following the dissolution of Moldova’s government in November 2019 and the president’ssubsequentappointment of anew government.
“Despite the governing coalition’s collapse,Moldovans are increasingly optimistic about political institutions and the integrity of local elections,” said IRI Regional Director for Eurasia Stephen Nix. “However,concerns over issues such as jobs and the cost of livingsuggest that the new government must prioritize economic improvements if it is to retain the confidence of the public.”
Positive views of Moldova’s public institutions—including the parliamentandlocal authorities—bothimprovedby11pointssinceIRI’s last poll(up from 19 and 51 percent respectively).Confidence in thecredibility of local electionsis also high,with 62percentof MoldovanssayingtheOctober 2019 electionswere “definitely” or “probably” free and fair.
Economic issues top the list ofprioritiesthat respondents would like to see the government address:low income(30percent),unemployment(28percent)andpensions(18percent).Dissatisfaction with the economy appears to be linked to emigration, as 51 percentMoldovans reportthatthey would “definitely” or “probably” go abroad if given the opportunity.Fifty-sevenpercentof thosewilling to emigratecitethepoor economic outlook and23 percentname thelack of job opportunities as motivationsfor emigration.
The poll alsoshows a more positiveperceptionof the relationship betweenMoldova and the United Statessince IRI’s last poll. Fifty-sixpercent of Moldovans consider U.S.-Moldovanrelationsto be“good”,compared tojust39 percent inIRI’sJune 2019 poll.Perceptions of Moldova’s relationship with Europe also improved, with a14pointincrease in those whosee relations with the European Union (EU) as“good.”Thisdevelopmentcorresponds with the continued interest in EU integration amongst Moldovans (56percent“strongly” or “somewhat supporting”).