elections 2012

NDI June Poll: UNM support 36%, Georgian Dream - 18%

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The ruling party, United National Movement (UNM), is still in the lead with 36% of voter support while the political coalition, Georgian Dream, has 18% support, according to the NDI June poll. UNM support has decreased by 11% since February 2012, whereas Ivanishvili's coalition has gained 8%. Some 22% of voters remain undecided, showing no change since February 2012. No other party will be able to clear the 5% threshold if the parliamentary elections were held tomorrow. The opposition party, Christian-Democratic Movement, has retained its voter support at 3% since February. Only 1% of voters support all other opposition parties. 

The UNM has proved again to be the political party which is closest to the voters: to the question as to “Which party is the closest to you?”, 34% of respondents named UNM, a decline from 41% in February. The Georgian Dream has gained nine points reaching 20%. Christian-Democratic Movement is at 4%. The number of respondents who do not know which party is the closest to them comprises 9%, a decrease from 16% in February.

This is the first time ever that the NDI made its political party ratings public. The rating reflects public attitudes reveled by the poll conducted in June, before the UNM appointed Vano Merabishvili as the Prime Minister of Georgia.

The approval of Merabishvili’s performance is the highest among politicians - 49% and is only second to that of Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Ilia II, whose rating stands at 87%. President Mikheil Saakashvili and Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava remain at the top of the list, with 40% and 39%, respectfully. Performance rating for the billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, leader of Georgian Dream, stands at 33%. It is noteworthy that 22% of respondents do not know what Ivanishvili does.

 The Georgian army and police remain the most popular institutions in Georgia with 57% and 58% of respondents, respectfully, saying that the Georgian army and police do their job well. The Ministry of Interior also remains among favorites with 43% of those surveyed commending its performance. The UNM performance is ranked the highest among political parties, at 37%, followed by the Georgian Dream at 29% and the Christian Democratic Movement at 21%. Only 18% of voters say that the Parliament does well while 43% think it does neither badly nor well. Most voters - 39%, have failed to rate the performance of the Chamber of Control, 12% say it does the job well whereas 16% say the opposite.

 Gigi Ugulava remains the most liked politician - 60%, lagging behind the Patriarch alone, who is liked by 92% of Georgians. Ugulava is followed by Saakashvili at 58% and Merabishvili at 55%. Ivanishvili is liked by 46% of Georgians, up by 6% since February. Other leaders of Georgian Dream, Irakli Alasania and Tina Khidasheli, are liked only by 32% and 26%, respectfully. Giorgi Targamadze, leader of Christian Democratic Movement is liked by 50%.

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