Oct. 29, 2010, 12:52 p.m.
The International Republican Institute (IRI) has released the findings from its survey of Mongolian public opinion. The poll shows that Mongolians are not satisfied with their country and its institutions. Respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the economy, and showed little faith in the ability of the government to solve their problems.
The poll reveals that citizens of Mongolia would like to see local governments have greater authority over issues such as roads, transportation, land allocation and tax collection while still preferring that national government manage education, public safety, health care and natural resources. Thirty-eight percent of Mongolian citizens would like the opportunity to decide how money is spent locally, compared to seven percent who think their member of parliament should exercise that power. An even larger number, 40 percent, believes that local residents should directly monitor local government spending, compared to only 13 percent who think the national parliament, State Great Hural, should monitor local budget allocation.