PASOS project poll reveals deep mistrust of Serbian government

PASOS, 1.10.2013.

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Sixty-four percent of Serbians do not trust their government, according to a poll conducted as part of a PASOS project on open government.

The finding was one of the results of a wide-ranging public-opinion survey of Serbian attitudes on governmental and institutional accountability conducted by the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies (CEAS), a member of the PASOS network of think tanks and a partner in “Advocacy for Open Government: Civil society agenda-setting and monitoring of country action plans.” The EU-funded project is intended to encourage governments in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia to become more transparent.

The CEAS survey, which was conducted in April and May 2013, also found that:

The judiciary, political parties, and the media are the least-trusted institutions in Serbia.
The armed forces, the education system, and the European Union are the most-trusted institutions among Serbians.
Sixty-two percent of those polled agreed with the statement that “An ordinary citizen does not have enough knowledge to estimate whether a particular government decision is good or not.”
The polling data was included in an-depth mapping study of the status of open government principles in Serbia. The full report can be downloaded here.

Other PASOS members who are working on similar surveys for the project in their respective countries are the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (Albania), the Analitika Center for Social Research (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Riinvest Institute for Development Research (Kosovo), the Center for Research and Policy Making (Macedonia), the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (Montenegro), and the Monitoring Center CEMI (Montenegro).

Through a common methodology addressing a common framework for open government, the project will also include expert training of civil society in the methodology for shaping Open Governance Partnership (OGP) commitments country by country, training of civil society organisations based in advocacy, monitoring, and policy analysis. The project will monitor the impact of government polices, and will develop commitments for governments to make under the OGP Initiative.