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Internal issues not handled well by government or opposition say majority

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66% are not satisfied with the way the Famagusta issue is being handled

The government and parties policies towards the Cyprus problem are unclear, while there is strong dissatisfaction over the way the state and opposition handle internal issues, an opinion poll presented on Tuesday evening by Sigma TV showed.

According to the poll, carried out by LS Prime Market Research & Consulting Ltd, almost seven in 10 people (68 per cent) in Cyprus feel that things are headed in the wrong direction, with only 14 per cent feeling things are as they should be.

In total 1,050 randomly chosen people from all districts with the right to vote were screened through a telephone interview between October 16 and 23. The statistical error was at (+/- ) 3 per cent.

The poll was aimed at showing trends in voter behaviour ahead of May’s parliamentary elections.

Comparing results with a poll carried out in April 2016, a month prior to the previous parliamentary elections, findings showed that more people said they were dissatisfied – 61 per cent – compared to October 2020’s 55 per cent – as regards the way the government has been handling internal issues. What has not changed is that both in April 2016 and October 2020 only one in four respondents said they were satisfied.

Seven in 10 respondents also feel disappointed by the way opposition is handling things. In April 2016, less than half – 46 per cent – said they were disappointed by opposition, while another 35 per cent had said they were neither satisfied nor disappointed. In this poll, only 16 per cent said they were neither, while even fewer, 13 per cent, expressed satisfaction.

The majority of respondents said they felt that both the government’s and the opposition’s policy on a solution of the Cyprus problem was unclear. Specifically, 75 per cent said the parties’ and 69 per cent said the government’s policies were unclear. Only 24 per cent found the government’s and 15 per cent the parties’ policies clear on this issue.

More than six in 10 (66 per cent) said they were dissatisfied by the way the Famagusta issue was being dealt with. Another 19 per cent said they were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, while only 10 per cent said they were satisfied.

As regards the president’s handling of the pandemic, the majority, 47 per cent, feel it was good, 25 per cent said it was very good, while nine per cent it was bad, or very bad. Another 18 per cent said it was neither good nor bad.

On the level of discipline people showed towards the restrictive measures, 43 per cent said they were satisfied, almost one third said neither nor, and 27 per cent were dissatisfied.

Almost half (49 per cent) of respondents said they would get vaccinated when the Covid-19 vaccine was available, while around one third said they would not. The rest said they were undecided.

Almost seven in 10 said the government’s way of handling the issue of the citizenship by investment was wrong. The majority (60 per cent) also said that they believe that the auditor-general acts within his mandate, more than two in 10 said they did not know, while the rest said he did not.

More than eight in 10 said that the Georghadjis list with the names of politically exposed persons (PEPs) with loans ought to be made public while almost eight in 10 said parliament was being evasive on this issue.

As regards the parliamentary elections 65 per cent said they would vote, while one in four said they would not or probably would not.

If the elections were taking place today, ruling Disy would receive 16.8 per cent of votes, followed by main opposition Akel with 14.4 per cent and Diko with 7.3 per cent. Far right Elam would receive 3.6 per cent of votes, Edek 3.4 per cent and the Greens 3.3 per cent. The Solidarity Movement would garner 1 per cent while Dipa, Marios Garoyian’s party, 1.4 per cent.


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