According to the poll released today by the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the majority of respondents are aware of the decision of the European Council.
More specifically, to the question: “On June 23, 2022, the European Council recognized Georgia’s European perspective and expressed readiness to grant the status of candidate country once certain conditions are met. Have you heard about this decision?’, 62% say ‘yes’, 30% say ‘no’ and 8% ‘don’t know’.
The majority of those who was aware about the European Council’s decision believe that the Georgian Government didn’t do enough to get EU candidacy status.
In particular, to the question: “Which statement do you agree with the most?” – Of the 62% who have heard about the decision of the European Council of June 23, 2022, 56% say that “the Government of Georgia did not do enough to get EU candidacy status”, 32% think that “the Government of Georgia did everything in their power to get EU candidacy status, 7% “agree with neither”, and 5% said that they “don’t know”.
In addition, while meeting the EU candidacy conditions is important for most citizens, they are skeptical that the Government will fulfill them. In particular: to the question of whether the Georgian Government will fulfil the conditions laid down by the European Council, 32% answered “yes”, 33% answered “no, it will not”, 35% “don’t know” and the rest refused to answer.
The majority of respondents agree on the importance of opposition and CSO inclusion, but only a third believe the Government will include them.
The report released by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and CRRC Georgia relies on the nationwide survey conducted between July 14 – August 15, through face-to-face interviews with a nationwide representative sample of Georgia’s adult population, excluding occupied territories. The August poll included 2,104 completed interviews. The average margin of error is +/- 2 percent.