Public Support for Government and European Union decreased in November

26.11.2004 | 14:53

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Tallinn, Stenbock House, November 26, 2004 According to a poll by TNS Emor, public support went down for both the government and the European Union in November. On a scale of 1 to 10 the government was ranked 4.61. Sixty-seven percent of Estonians of voting age said they approved the European Union. According to Jaanika Hämmal, a sociologist with TNS Emor, the fall in the government rating was apparently attributable to the combined effect of several factors. A negative feeling was formed in November by tragic events involving Estonians in Iraq, and by the problem of various price increases

According to Jaanika Hämmal, the fall in the support of the European Union was highest in the low (EEK 1,001 to 2,000 income monthly per household member) and medium (EEK 2,001 to 3,000) income groups. She said that it was likely that one of the biggest determining factors was the price rises which were discussed relatively widely in November. "These are price rises that affect many people. Some of them attribute increases in prices mainly to Estonia´s membership in the European Union since it is in line with their expectations before accession," explained Hämmal. The poll that measured the popularity of the government and the European Union was conducted in November as part of two Emor Omnibus polls: from October 27 to November 3, 2004 and November 10 to 17, 2004. During the two periods, a total of 1,000 Estonians aged from 15 to 74 were interviewed. Among them, 746 people were of voting age. The poll results are published in full on the State Chancellery´s website at http://www.riigikantselei.ee/?id=372 TNS Emor carries out a regular state monitoring survey on a monthly basis, from which the State Chancellery receives data on public support of the government and the European Union

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