bne IntelliNews – Albanians trust international organizations and religious institutions more than their politicians
Albanians trust international intuitions such as NATO, the UN and the EU more than all national institutions and several times more than prominent politicians, shows an IDM Albania poll on the public opinion in 2021.
However, trust in these institutions has declined since the previous survey conducted by IDM. Trust in the UN fell by 5 percentage points (pp), in the EU by 4 pp and in NATO by 3 pp, according to the public opinion poll: Trust in Governance 2021.
This follows repeated delays by the EU in agreeing to start accession negotiations with Albania. Moreover, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has become increasingly critical of the EU both because of the slow accession process and the distribution of vaccines during the coronavirus pandemic. (COVID-19).
In 2021, “the COVID-19 pandemic continued to disrupt all facets of life in the country, including governance, citizen engagement and public service delivery,” the report said.
“Public perceptions and attitudes on the relevant issues targeted by the survey were also likely to have been a ected by the combined impact of an intensive parliamentary election campaign in April 2021; post-election political developments; the ongoing reconstruction program in areas affected by the devastating 2019 earthquake; and the EU’s failure to launch accession negotiations with Albania,” he added.
The most trusted national institutions are religious institutions, which were trusted by 67% of Albanians — more than double those who trust the president (23.5%), political parties (26.4%), to the courts (27.7%) or to the public prosecutor’s office (28.4%). All four were among the least trusted institutions in the country.
Institutions with a higher level of trust include educational institutions (57.1%), the armed forces (54.6%) and civil society organizations (52.6%).
Despite the low level of trust in the courts and the prosecution service, up to 35% of Albanians believe that the judicial reform is being properly implemented and 57% believe that it will have a positive impact on the development of the country, these two figures have increased since the previous survey. year earlier.
The Albanian media also lacked credibility, with only one in four respondents saying they believed the information provided by the Albanian media was accurate or true.
The survey was conducted in all 61 municipalities of Albania, using a nationally representative sample of 2,500 people selected at random.