Trust in police declines, grows towards president
As part of the public opinion poll conducted in the spring of 2015, Transparency International Georgia measured public trust in various institutions in the country.
According to the poll, the trust is declining in six out of 10 institutions. Of these, compared to 2013, public trust in police in 2015 has suffered the most. In 2013, 53% of the respondents trusted the police fully (19%) or partially (34%), while in 2015 this number decerased by 16%. According to the 2015 poll, 37% of respondents claim to trust the police fully (12%) or partially (25%). In addition, the number of citizens who distrusted the police more than trusted (10%), or totally distrusted (9%), grown from 12% to 19% in 2015. In 2013, the figures were 7% and 5% respectively.
Compared to 2013, in 2015 the number of citizens who fully trust (7%) the Parliament or trust it more than distrust (12%) has reduced by 6% (from 25% to 19%). In 2013, the same data constituted 7% and 18% respectively. In 2015, compared to 2013, the number of citizens who "partially trust and partially distrust the Parliament" fell from 44% to 36%. Further, in 2015 the number of respondents who distrust the Parliament more than trust it (16%), or totally distrust it (20%) grew by 13%, from 23% to 36%. Similar figures in 2013 were 13% and 10%.
The number of citizens who trust NGOs (from 26% to 22%) and journalists (from 29% to 25%) more than distrust or fully trust them decreased by 4-4% in 2015 compared to 2013.
In 2015, trust in some institutions increased compared to 2013. Trust in the President increased in 2015 by the greatest margin. In 2013, 21% of respondents trusted the President fully (10%) or trusted more him than distrusted (11%). In 2015, the number of citizens who trust the President fully (18%) or trust more than distrust him (24%) grew by 21% compared to 2013, reaching 42%.
In the 2015 public opinion poll, "Transparency International Georgia" also looked at the degree of public trust towards the Prime Minister. The poll suggests that 24% of citizens either fully trust (9%) the Prime Minister or trust more than distrust him (15%), while 35% distrust more than trust (14%) or totally distrust him (21%). Respondents were not asked this question in 2013, so we are unable to compare trust indicators in the Prime Minister's case.
The "Caucasus Research Resources Center" (CRRC) conducted the public opinion poll commissioned by "Transparency International Georgia" between 28 April and 6 May 2015. The poll's margin of error is 3.7%.