Based on the 2021 pre-election public opinion poll by the International Republican Institute (IRI) the former prime minister Giorgi Gakharia maintains a high personal rating.
Giorgi Gakharia is acceptable for 56% of the respondents.
Based on the survey, 88% of the respondents like the Georgian Patriarch, 58% – the Tbilisi mayoral candidate, Kakha Kaladze, 56% – the former Prime Minister, Giorgi Gakharia, and 40% – the current Prime Minister, Irakli Garibashvili.
IRI says data was collected throughout Georgia between June 15 and June 30, 2021, through face-to-face interviews in respondents’ homes.
The sample consisted of 1,500 permanent residents of Georgia aged 18 and older and eligible to vote, which is representative of the general population by age, gender, region and settlement size. The margin of error does not exceed plus or minus 2.5%. The response rate was 74%.
Giorgi Gakharia resigned as PM in February 2021 due to differences of opinion regarding the arrest of the opposition UNM Party leader Nika Melia.
Following his resignation, the former PM established a new political force ‘For Georgia,’ noting that “they’re uniting for Georgia, but against no one.”
By Ana Dumbadze