Two-thirds of Serbian citizens believe that politicians do not work in the interest of the general population, but abuse power for personal purposes. They also believe that institutions work for special interests, and not for the public good, and say that they should instead independently address all problems related to abuse of government mechanisms and corruption.
This is a conclusion of the latest public opinion poll conducted by the Center for Political Security in Belgrade (BCSP) in collaboration with Sprint Insight.
The research showed that more than 50% of citizens surveyed believe that the police do not protect them, but rather they protect the interests of criminals, politicians and financially powerful individuals. These attitudes are reflected in the perception of strong corruption, so citizens see political parties, the judiciary and the police as the most corrupt state institutions.
More than 50% of citizens believe that there is no democracy in Serbia or that it has big problems. Citizens also believe that parliament has very little influence on the political decision-making process, less than national tycoons and foreign companies, as well as foreign super-powers.
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The vast majority of citizens, 90%, believe that the President of Serbia is a key player in making all political decisions in Serbia. If we take into consideration the results presented above that politicians work for their own interests as well as for the interests of wealthy foreign and local individuals, the conclusion is that the President of the Republic is the main culprit of the captured state that the country found itself in.
The public opinion poll also showed a great apathy of citizens, which is reflected in their reluctance to participate in activism initiatives since only 20% of respondents are ready for this kind of activity.
However, citizens think that institutions have the solution to all the problems, even though they consider them corrupt because they work for special interests and not for the public good.
The results presented are part of a broader field study conducted from September 25 to October 5, 2020, on a sample of 1,101 respondents.
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