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Research results of a public opinion on the work of the Government and the President of Serbia

On the scale of 1 to 5, participants graded the performance of nine politicians and the Serbian Government. Aleksandar Vucic gained the highest average score (3.9), and the Minister for Justice Nela Kuburovic gained the lowes average grade (2.98). The work of the government was rated 3.43.

The Institute for European Affairs in cooperation with the Ninamedia research centre conducted public opinion research about the performace of the Government and the President of Serbia from the 21st to the 24th of March. The research was done on a representative sample of 1201 pupils. The participants rated the work of the Prime Minister of Serbia, the President of Serbia and the Government of Serbia. The research included six ministers, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Minister of Construction, Traffic and Infrastructure, the Minister for European Integration, the Minister of Defense and the Minister of Justice. The participants gave grades from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest grade and 1 the being lowest.

The highest average score was given to the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic 3.9, followed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic with a score of 3.61, the Minister for Internal Affairs Nebojsa Stefanovic was placed third with a score of 3.52. The next two places are occupied by the Prime Minister Ana Brnabic with a score of 3.49 and the Government of Serbia with 3.43. The Minister for Construction, Traffic and Infrastructure and the Minister for European Integration Zorana Mihajlovic and Jadranka Joksimovic have the same score of 3.24, after which Minister of Defense is placed with a score of 3.07, whereas the lowest average grade was given to the Minister of Justice Nela Kuburovic 2.98.

The oldest citizens from the population of 60+ years old gave significantly higher scores to the President, Prime Minister and Ministers, in contrast to the younger citizens. Also, citizens with a higher education tend to give lower grades whereas citizens with the elementary education tend to give higher grades. Considering the regions of Serbia, the politicians’ performance was graded the lowest by the citizens of Belgrade, and citizens of East and South Serbia have given the highest grades.

Politicians were graded the lowest by the youngest group of citizens, 18-29 years, with an average of 2.9. The best grades were given by elderly people, older than 60 years, 3.89.

President Vucic was rated the best according to the population from the group of 60+ with an average of 4.47. That is the highest grade that any politician acquired during this research. The lowest score to President Vucic was given by the youngest group 18-29, with 3.4. Women also gave the President a higher score, 4.07 as well as the population with Elementary School, 4.25. On the other hand, citizens with a higher education or a University degree graded with below average result, 3.22.

In terms of percentage, nearly half the citizens (48.8%) gave a maximal score of 5 to the President of Serbia. Every 10th participant gave the grade 5 to the Minister of Justice. The Minister of Defense Aleksandar Vulin got the lowest grade from every fifth citizen, which represents the highest percentage of the lowest grade, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic had the least percentage of lowest grades, 8.6%.

Belgrade, 25th April 2018.


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