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Friday 18.08.2017 | Name days: Liene, Helēna, Elena, Ellena, Liena

New faces in politics would lift 49% of residents mood

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Majority of Latvia’s residents (59%) explain the society’s pessimism with the fact currently there are more bad than good things going on in Latvia. However, more than one-third (35%) admit media talking more about the bad, rather than the good plays a certain role in boosting pessimism as well.

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULess than one-fifth of the respondents recognize the Latvian cultural heritage and mentality’s impact on the society’s sentiment, while 13% indicate Latvia’s population is not that pessimistic after all, according to DnB NORD Latvijas barometrs.

Substantial improvements in the economic performance (53% of the respondents), the change of the ruling politicians (49%), as well as change in people’s thinking and values (36%) are mentioned among possible factors to mitigate the negative sentiment.

Given the current political background, almost two-thirds or 59% emphasize they would be slightly happier to learn that politicians have become more honest. Other news that could encourage more positive attitude towards life would be information that Latvia’s borrowed international loan does not have to be returned (37%). More than one-fourth of the population would be happy to hear Latvia’s GDP has expanded more than 5%, whereas 22% of the surveyed would be glad if oil was found in Latvia. Along with a variety of guesses about what might boost optimism, 4% of the respondents indicate nothing is capable of doing that.

In attempt to identify the circumstances making people feel more positively or negatively, the survey asked which people in Latvia are currently feeling the best. Paradoxically, people with a stable job (61%) and dishonest people (39%) emerged in the leading positions. While only 12-17% of the respondents indicated that hard-working, well-educated, intelligent people willing to take risks (for example, businessmen) feel content.

When comparing countries where respondents themselves would feel the best and where they would not like to live at all, the surveyed named Sweden (18%), Germany (15%) and Switzerland (15%) as their preferred place of residence, but South Africa (20%), Japan (19%) and China (12%), followed by India and Russia (both 10%) rank among the least desirable.

Regarding vices that should be eliminated among Latvia’s population, 23% of the surveyed believe these would be avarice and greed. Also, an equal number of respondents indicates envy is the root of the evil, while 16% name laziness.

Apart from individual vices, respondents were also asked to identify the main contradictions in the thinking of Latvia’s society, hindering country’s development. The respondents primarily singled out the requirement to eradicate corruption, while they themselves are ready to bribe an official if necessary (22%).

Also the desire to avoid taxes, while receiving decent benefits, pensions and other forms of support from the state budget (18%), as well as the requirement of high moral standards at the government circles, along with the willingness to bypass any restrictive law (13%) was regarded as contradictory.

However, 12% of the surveyed indicate there is no contradiction in society’s thinking, and even if there was, it is not a sufficient reason to hinder the country’s development.

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