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Friday 20.07.2018 | Name days: Ramona, Ritma

30% to vote on the same party in elections

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Nearly half of the citizens, or 46%, do not intend to vote on the same party or the association of parties in the upcoming Saeima elections on which they have voted before at the 9th Saeima elections.

17% of these people explain their views with the wish to see other people in the Saeima, while 15% – with the disappointment in the particular party or its representatives, according to the data obtained by DnB Nord Latvia barometrs.

On the other hand, 30% of the surveyed confirmed that they might vote for the same political force. Moreover, 7% of them have been devoted to one particular party for several years already, while 6% consider that other parties have not done anything significant that would change the voters choice. In addition, 5% were of the opinion that other parties may not be able to offer a better alternative.

Slightly less than one-third of the surveyed people weigh their previous voting decisions as reasonable and farseeing, while 37% are critical about their past decisions, recognising that they have not been justified and perceptive.

The majority of the inhabitants would like to see Latvia to become less corrupt (40%), more prosperous (33%), and solvent (30%).

32% of the correspondents believe that their life will not change during the next Saeima ruling, whereas 16% are convinced that it will improve, however, gradually. While 11% believe that the life will not become easier immediately, but things will be put in order.

When asked about their views on the changes in the society’s welfare, 29% express confidence that it will depend on the people that hold the power, while 19% of the respondents think that the country will gradually exit the crisis, but 16% hold the view that four years is a too short period for significant changes to take place.

Furthermore, 43% of consider that the reduction of corruption would build their trust in the government, while for 39% – the raise of salaries and pensions, and for 32% – the monitoring of political promise fulfilment. Only 9% of the surveyed indicate that the confidence in the government would be increased by more detailed explanation of the taken decisions.

The sociologist Arnis Kaktins (Arnis Kaktiņš) characterizes this crisis as one of the deepest crises that have ever been experienced, emphasising that it is a confidence crisis. « It is a crisis of confidence in the power, in the surrounding people, in each other – until it is not resolved, hardly anything is going to change,» Kaktins points out.

Nevertheless, the Chairman of A/S SAF Tehnika Board Normunds Bergs has made an observation that the inhabitants of Latvia are absolutely uncritical of themselves – blaming the government and the entrepreneurs for the crisis, but not themselves. «Were we the ones that bought the apartments and speculated? The banks also pressed us to take credits –it is always the fault of others, not ours,» Bergs remarks ironically.

The socio-anthropologist Roberts Kilis (Roberts Ķīlis) agrees on this, emphasizing that the inhabitants regard the politicians as the most blameable group. At the same time, he adds that the public activity potential is not particularly high – the situation is observed from the side, as if merely passing by, and the increase in the activity could only be caused if something was to be changed concerning pensions.


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