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More than two thirds of Greek Cypriots do not see a solution in 2016

According to a poll published on Sunday, 65 per cent of Greek Cypriots do not believe there will be a Cyprus solution in 2016 compared to 35 per cent who believe there will be one.

The islandwide poll was commissioned by Simerini newspaper and carried out by the University of Nicosia and IMR on December 29 and 30.

According to the results, 51 per cent of respondents were satisfied or somewhat satisifed with President Nicos Anastasiades’ handling of the Cyprus issue compared to 48 per cent who were dissatisfied or somewhat dissatisfied.

For Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, 61 per cent of Greek Cypriots were dissatisfied or somewhat dissatisfied with his stance compared to 26 per cent who were satisfied or somwhat satisfied with him. UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide fared even worse with a 64 per cent disapproval rating and a 27 per cent approval rating.

The government’s disapproval rating overall was 55 per cent in the poll while parliament received a 68 per cent disapproval rating, and the Church 45 per cent.

Almost 40 per cent were dissatisfied with the state of education, 56 per cent with the state of the health sector, and 73 per cent with the situation at the banks, particularly non-performing loans and foreclosures. Regarding justice, 53 said they were dissatisfied with the justice system and 65 per cent with the level of corruption.

Almost 50 per cent of those polled did not foresee an improvement in the economy this year compared to 42 per cent who did. Some 57 per cent did not see their quality of life improving in 2016 but 43 per cent did.

Top of the list of New Year wishes was good health for 36 per cent of those polled, followed by a Cyprus solution for 18 per cent, and a reduction in unemployment for 11 per cent.

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