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Poll puts Ioannou as highest rated minister

Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou

Health minister Constantinos Ioannou has the highest approval rating among members of the cabinet, indicating that despite the spike in Covid-19 cases he still enjoys public confidence.

The internet survey was based on 2,213 responses from subscribers to the Politis website and newsletter as well as followers of its Twitter account and Facebook page. The survey was conducted by Retail Zoom between October 20 and 22.

Fifty-five per cent of respondents said Ioannou was performing his duties ‘satisfactorily,’ 30 per cent said ‘moderately’; only 15 per cent were not satisfied. The poll was conducted before the mandatory outdoor mask-wearing decree came into force on Friday. The youngest age category of the survey (18-34) were the least satisfied with Ioannou; ‘satisfaction’ was only 48 per cent in this category, whereas in the ‘55 years and over’ it was 62 per cent.

Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou, who has been formulating and administering the support schemes for businesses and workers affected by the pandemic, had the second highest approval rating at 52 per cent although her approval was significantly higher among the over 55s. Some 66 per cent of this group said she was performing her duties ‘satisfactorily’, whereas only 40 per cent of the 18-34 age category had this view.

The lowest approval rating was for the beleaguered education minister Prodromos Prodromou, who has been at odds with many different groups, including teaching unions, parents associations and the students’ union, over a range of school-related issues, from ACs in classrooms to distance learning.

More recently he caused an outcry among women’s groups by announcing a 16-member advisory committee for culture in which there was only one woman. Although he initially defended this decision, 48 hours later he appointed an additional nine women to the committee.

A staggering 68 per cent of respondents said he was performing his duties ‘unsatisfactorily’ while only eight per cent were satisfied with the way he was doing his job.

Interior Minister Nicos Nouris was second from bottom, which could not have been a surprise given the negative publicity surrounding the citizenship scheme which is under the authority of his ministry. Only 18 per cent of respondents gave him the thumbs up, while 52 per cent were unsatisfied with the way he was performing his duties.

Government spokesman Kyriakos Kousios, who replaced Prodromou at the end of last year, has failed to win over the public with 45 per cent saying they were not satisfied with him; only 23 per cent were happy with him.

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