IRI Releases Survey of Georgian Public Opinion

Dec. 3, 2010, 12:46 p.m.

The International Republican Institute (IRI) has released the findings from its recent survey in Georgia. The survey covers questions related to the economy, opinions on political leaders and reforms, and relations with Russia.

Among the findings in the poll, 44 percent say that unemployment is the biggest problem facing Georgia, followed by territorial integrity at 24 percent.  Similarly, 45 percent of those interviewed suggested that the government should address economic reforms first followed by reforms to healthcare (23 percent) and education (12 percent).  In international relations, 96 percent strongly or mostly support further dialogue with Russia and 94 percent support efforts to open Russian markets to Georgian goods.  In spite of recent meetings in Moscow by certain political parties, only 10 percent support such efforts while 70 percent believed that all discussions with Russia should be initiated by the Georgian government.

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