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Survey Reveals Georgians Have Low Trust in Parliament

By Tea Mariamidze
Thursday, December 6
The survey, conducted by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC) Georgia from August 30 to September 15, revealed that majority of Georgians has very low trust in parliament.

The research was conducted within the framework of the project "Support for the Court Reform" with partner organizations (EMC), Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) and with the support of the European Union.

According to the survey, the highest trust of the society goes to the police (42%), followed by the lawyers (35%) and the Public Defender (33%).

The trust towards the NGOs (27%) exceeds the trust to the Prime Minister (24%), Prosecutor's Office (18%), Judges (19%) and the Parliament (15%).

In addition, 46% of respondents think that judges in Georgia are not independent. About one-third of respondents (32%) think that judges are not legal in Georgia and 22% of respondents do not agree with their professionalism.

As for trust, 41% of respondents do not trust Georgian judges. This indicator has increased by 21% compared to 2014.

According to CRRC, a total of 2,080 people were interviewed via CAPI - Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing. The selection was representative for the population of Georgia (except for the densely populated areas of ethnic minorities and occupied territories). The survey was conducted in Georgian and error rate is 2.2%.

The Caucasus Research Resource Centers program is a network of training, research support, and resource centers established in 2003 in the capital cities of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. CRRC’s primary aim is to improve and progress social science research and public policy analysis in the South Caucasus region. CRRC is based on a partnership among the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Eurasia Partnership Foundation, USAID and top local universities.

The program establishes a network for scholars, researchers, and practitioners to strengthen their research capabilities, integrate various social science research methods and remain engaged with their local research community.