Russian Sentiment in Armenia Continues to Decrease: Public Poll

  • Society - 24 December 2017, 01:03
Caucasus Research Resource Center Armenia has published the Caucasus Barometer 2017 summing up the results of a survey conducted in the South Caucasus since 2004. It is a rich source of demographic, social, economic data and public opinion on political developments.

In 2017 the survey was conducted in Armenia and Georgia in randomly chosen 4027 households.

54% of respondents in Armenia and 36% in Georgia link prospects for political and economic development equally with the Eurasian Economic Union and the European Union. 50% in Armenia and 34% in Georgia equally support relations with CSTO and NATO. In Armenia and Georgia 27% rely only on NATO.

In Armenia 64% pointed to Russia as the most friendly country against 74% in 2015, 84% in 2013.

In both countries the society is concerned with two issues – unemployment and poverty. In Armenia 36%, in Georgia 56% mentioned unemployment, and 17% and 14% respectively mentioned poverty.

Of all public institutions, the army and church enjoy more public confidence. In Armenia 77% of respondents and in Georgia 75% of respondents trust the army fully and more than the other institutions.

Part of the survey questions asked to only Armenian respondents retrieved interesting answers.

In answer to the questions on the April 2016 war in Artsakh, 87% thinks the public, Armenia, Artsakh and Diaspora come together whenever national security is exposed. Moreover, 63% of respondents thinks we must rely only on ourselves to achieve a settlement for the Karabakh conflict. 77% think a solution can be achieved only through talks.

16% of respondents condemned the Sasna Tsrer group that sieged the police station in Yerevan. 36% supported their action and 28% partly condemned, partly justified their actions.

With regards to the arrival of Armenian Syrians, half of the respondents think that their arrival has activated economic development and culture.

Despite the social, economic and political complications in the region, the average score of self-assessment of happiness of respondents in Armenia and Georgia in 2017 was 6.8 and 7.1 out of 10 possible respectively.