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Unemployment tops Georgians' concern: poll

04-07-2011 14:11 BJT

More Georgians are now worrying about employment and inflation instead of about democracy and territorial integrity, according to the result of a recent public opinion poll released on Wednesday.

The poll, conducted in mid-March by the Caucasus Resource Research Center on behalf of the U.S. National Democratic Institute (NDI), found that unemployment had topped the Georgian list of concerns while rising prices for daily necessities closely followed on that list.

An earlier NDI poll conducted eight months ago found inflation was the sixth on the worry list of the respondents.

Of the 2,893 people interviewed in the March poll, 73 percent said that they were unemployed and 27 percent said that they had jobs.

Forty-six percent of the respondents said that the employment situation had worsened since January 2008.

The poll allows a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.

Thirty-seven percent of the respondents found that the South Caucasus country was not changing at all whereas 35 percent of the respondents thought that their country was going definitely or mainly in the right direction.

Between July last year and March this year, the gap of those who saw Georgia as a democracy and those who did not see Georgia as a democracy narrowed from 13 percent to 5 percent, with more respondents said that Georgia was not a democracy.

The number of respondents who identified territorial integrity as a top-priority issue declined from 49 percent in December of 2009 to 38 percent in March this year.

Though on the decline, still 56 percent of the respondents said that they would support their country's aspiration to join NATO while those who held critical approach toward their government's policy against Russia also declined, from 59 percent eight months ago to 49 percent in March.

Seventy-four percent of the respondents approved Georgia's call for dialogue with Russia while 71 percent deemed Russia's policy toward Georgia as posing a threat to their country's sovereignty.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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