People of Kosovo dissatisfied with government

By bne IntelliNews July 22, 2009

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The satisfaction level with the governing institutions of Kosovo has fallen, the United Nations Development Programme said in a recent report. The results from the organisation's April poll show that approximately 38% of respondents were satisfied with the work of the Government of Kosovo, a decrease of 19 percentage points from the last poll in October.

Satisfaction with the work of the Kosovo Assembly has fallen by 16 percentage points since October. The approval rating for the president decreased by 23 percentage points since October, currently standing at 47%. The approval rating for the prime minister also decreased by some 24 percentage points, currently standing at only 39%. Kosovo courts continue to be the institutions that people are least satisfied with.

"Compared to the October 2008 poll results, the current poll shows an increase of 10 percentage points in the political pessimism of respondents (standing now at 46%). However, no significant change is observed in the respondents' willingness to protest for political reasons, standing now at 58% as opposed to 60% in October 2008," the UNDP said in the report. "Since May 2008, more and more people are putting responsibility for the economic situation in Kosovo on the government, while less are assigning this responsibility to the [UN Mission in Kosovo]. The April poll results show a drastic increase of some 28 percentage points (92%) in the share of respondents holding the government of Kosovo responsible for Kosovo's economic situation, while the indicator for UNMIK decreased by some 10 percentage points."

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