Poll: Over 59% of Romanians would vote for a nationalist party that promotes religious values ​​and the traditional family

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An INSCOP poll shows that almost 60% of Romanians would vote for a nationalist party, which promotes religious values ​​and supports the traditional family. According to the same data, about two thirds of the respondents would not support such a party if it promoted Romania’s exit from the European Union, its proximity to Russia or the restriction of the rights of national minorities.

Opinion poll “Public distrust: West vs. East, the rise of the nationalist current in the age of misinformation and false news” – Part II was conducted by INSCOP Research in partnership with Verifield at the helm of the Strategic Thinking Group think tank in as part of a research project supported by The German Marshal Fund of the United States and funded by the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation through True Story Project. The opinion poll, conducted between June 1 and 15, is divided into three chapters, the second being dedicated to measuring the willingness of Romanians to vote for a nationalist party, as well as the adherence of a number of elements of the Eurosceptic and nationalist agenda.

Thus, when asked if they would vote a nationalist party, which promotes religious values ​​and supports the traditional family, 59.5% answered yes and 34.8% said no.

Among those who responded that they would support a nationalist party that promotes religious values ​​and the traditional family:

  • 61% said that they would not vote for such a party if it proposed measures and policies that could determine Romania’s exit from the European Union;
  • 75% said they would not vote for such a party if it proposed Romania’s rapprochement with Russia;
  • 70% said they would no longer vote for such a party if it proposed restricting the rights of national minorities.

“The percentage of those who believe that Romania must defend its national interests even if it risks losing its EU membership status remains similar to that resulting from the March research (64%). Interpretation of this massive population group as a supporter of options Sociological research included a filter question through which we measured exclusively the opinion of this group, and the results show that two thirds of them, although supporters of national interests, believe that Romania’s exit from the European Union would affect the national interests of the country. The apparent dissonance highlights the fact that most Romanians believe that, if the rest of European countries pursue their own national interests, it is legitimate for Romanians to want the same for their country, but there is a clear rational awareness that leaving the EU would affect national interests and that the country’s economic development has better prospects inside the Union”, said the president of Strategic Thinking Group, Remus Ştefureac.

At the same time, 64.8% of respondents consider that Romania must defend its national interests when they disagree with the rules of the European Union, even if it risks losing its position as an EU member state. On the other hand, 28% were of the opinion that Romania, as a member state, must respect EU rules, even when national interests are affected.

64.5% said that Romania’s exit from the EU would affect the country’s national interests (the percentage represents approximately 42% of the total population). 29.4% appreciated that Romania’s exit from the European Union would not affect the country’s national interests (the percentage represents approximately 19% of the total population).

62.9% appreciated that, in the future, Romania would develop better economically if it were inside the European Union, while 27% considered that Romania would develop better economically if it were outside the EU.

Regarding Romania’s national interests: 32.6% pointed to the development of the economy; 24% strengthening Romania’s role in the EU; 11.9% development of transport infrastructure; 7.7% protection of vulnerable population groups; 6.8% strengthening of military capacity; 6.6% preservation of Romanian national values; 6% development of economic relations with China / Russia; 4.4% nationalization of natural resources.

90.6% were of the opinion that Romania should protect the rights of ethnic minorities on its territory, while 7.7% disagreed with this statement.

The survey was conducted  during June 1-15 by phone interviews on a sample of 1,100 respondents.

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