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Romanians concerned about country's direction, optimistic about Europe's future - poll

Romanians concerned about country's direction, optimistic about Europe's future - poll

BUCHAREST (Romania), May 17 (SeeNews) - Most Romanians think their country is going in a wrong direction but are increasingly optimistic about Europe's future, the results of a new poll show.

Some 76.4% of the respondents believe that Romania is heading in a wrong direction, a nationwide poll conducted by INSCOP Research for the Romanian Academy reveals.

Only 18.5% of Romanians believe that the direction in which their country is going is a good one, while 5.1% of respondents said they can't tell or choose not to respond.

Compared to the results of a March poll, the percentage of pessimists about Romania's future has increased.

On the other hand, most respondents (54.7%) believe that Europe is moving in the right direction, while 30.6% think Europe is going in a wrong one.

Compared to March results there is a consistent rise in optimism regarding Europe's future, INSCOP data shows.

Most trustworthy national institution for Romanians is the Army, followed by the Romanian Orthodox Church, the Romanian Academy and the Romanian Police. The most trustworthy international institution for Romanians is NATO.

Among political institutions, Romanians put most of their trust in the presidential administration.

The study also found that Romanians are most concerned with the level of corruption in the country, social inequality, environmental degradation and the state of the national economy.

The survey was conducted by INSCOP during April 12-May 3. The sample consisted of 1,050 respondents aged 18 and older and eligible to vote. The margin of error does not exceed 3%.