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Georgian population supports dialogue with Russia2013-03-19 15:08
The last poll conducted in Georgia shows that 82% of the population stands for the dialogue with Russia. The survey was commissioned by the International Republican Institute. Do the Georgians trust the social surveys, and who are those 18% who do not agree to the continuation of the dialogue?
Georgians do not particularly trust the social surveys. Opinion polls conducted shortly before the parliamentary election in October 2012 by the organizations such as the National Democratic Institute, USA (NDI), and the International Republican Institute (IRI), showed that the party of Mikheil Saakashvili - United National Movement - was far ahead others. According to these "reputable" institutions, then followed the party of George Targamadze "Christian Democrats", and the "Georgian Dream" took only third place. After the election, it became clear that these studies, in the words of an expert Ramaz Sakvarelidze, "should be discarded in the trash". "Georgian Dream" won the election, the "United National Movement" took the second place, and Targamadze's "Christian Democrats" even failed
to overcome the five percent threshold. The NDI representatives explained this "error" as follows: "The election results were greatly affected by so-called prison scandal when the TV showed footage of torture and abuse of prisoners. If not that, the election outcome was unpredictable", the head of the NDI office in Georgia Louis Navarro told reporters.
The same applies to the latest poll. As part of the survey conducted by the International Republican Institute (USA), 82% of respondents stood for continuing negotiations with Russia. A year ago, the dialogue with Moscow was supported by 74% of the respondents. Opinion poll commissioned by the IRI was held in Georgia from 18 to 27 February 2013. IRI representatives interviewed 1,500 respondents. Let me remind you that the new government led by Ivanishvili declared the policy of normalizing relations with Russia immediately after the victory in the parliamentary election.
"More than 80% support the idea to gradually overcome the deadlock in relations with Russia and to save more positive. Results and progress in particularly in the areas of trade, transport, communications, business, humanitarian and cultural relations are already visible", Special Representative of the Prime Minister for Relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze told reporters.