Attitudes of citizens towards Parliament improved

29 Jul 2013

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A presentation of the results of the public opinion poll, conducted by the Center for Free Elections and Democracy (CESID), on the attitudes of citizens towards the Serbian National Assembly was held on Monday, 29th of July in the Serbian National Assembly.

The results indicate an improvement in citizens’ attitudes towards the Serbian National Assembly. At present, 34% of polled citizens have expressed positive attitude towards the work of the National Assembly, indicating a twofold increase in the percentage compared to 2011. In addition, half of the polled citizens perceive an improvement in the functioning of the institution in the last one year. Majority citizens feel that the issues of EU integrations and Kosovo are the most predominant issues the Parliament is engaged in. However, the poll indicates that citizens have a different priority and would like to see more activity regarding economic issues, the status of youth and social policy. Out of the four functions of the Assembly, the Legislative function is regarded as the most important by 61% of polled citizens. The Control function comes second, followed by Electoral and Representative functions. When asked to identify what functional area of the Assembly the citizens would like to be more informed about, control over the executive took first place (17.7%), followed by legislative procedures (16.3%) and work of the MPs (13.8%).

The public opinion poll was conducted as part of the Strengthening the Oversight Function and Transparency of the Parliament Project, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Serbian National Assembly and funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The presentation was attendded by MPs, assembly employees and the media.

This research represents one of the first of this type in Serbia, with the aim of comprehensively examining the attitudes of the Serbian citizens towards the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. The results of this research will not only provide a detailed insight into the perceptions of the citizens regarding the work of the National Assembly, but also into what the citizens deem as priority areas for its work and the ways in which they would like to be kept informed of the work of the institution. The information provided by the opinion poll will serve to provide more adequate forms of communication with the citizens and ultimatelly improve the reputation of the National Assembly.

Strengthening the Oversight Function and Transparency of the Parliament Project will continue to provide support to the Serbian National Assembly in its efforts to improve transparebncy of the institution and communication with the citizens of Serbia.