Today, October 19, Ruslan Stanga, executive director, Institute for Rural Initiatives (IRI) together with Doru Petruti, director, IMAS polls agency, made public the results of the survey “Citizens participation in community life: perceptions and realities”.
The survey showed that although one of three Moldovan citizens claimed to be involved in the life of their community, an overwhelming majority of Moldovan citizens do not use formal ways to solve a community issue, neither communicate with local elected authorities or other state representatives.
Surprisingly, middle-aged population (41-55 years old) show higher civic involvement (37.4%), than younger generation (the group of 18-25 years old – 27.8%), whose answers regarding civic participation were similar to older generations (population over 71 years old) – 25.2%. Surprisingly, it seems that young people are not the champions of civic participation when solving a local problem.
When it comes to solving a community problem, Moldovans are inclined to say one thing while in reality acting differently (54% declared they discussed about problems vs. 34% who said they actually got to so something). In this respect, we see that a large number of respondents who discuss community issues for various reasons do not get involved in any concrete actions to address this issue.
In rural areas, people are more involved in solving community problems than in the urban ones (32% city vs. 35% village).
The details of the survey and other data can be accessed here (in Romanian).
Video recording of the event can be accessed on the following resources: