Vilmorus head: correspondence scandal hurt Grybauskaitė‘s ratings to the extent that they still haven’t recovered

Vladas Gaidys, Ignas Zokas
DELFI / Andrius Ufartas

“The results were unsurprising,” Spinter Tyrimai head, sociologist Ignas Zokas said regarding a survey commissioned by Delfi regarding the cabinet, Seimas and president’s work.

On a scale to ten, the Seimas’ work was rated 4.62 points in the survey, the Seimas’ decisions in social policy – 4.67 points and in tax policy – 4.45.

The cabinet’s ratings are a little higher – respondents rated the institution’s work at 5.09 points, decisions in social policy – 4.85 points and 4.49 in tax policy.

Over almost a decade, President Dalia Grybauskaitė‘s popularity has declined by more than 20%. Currently, citizens rate the soon to depart president’s overall work with an eight, while her foreign policy – a strong seven.

“The president’s ratings depend less on domestic politics and more on other matters. Not on foreign policy, but what she said on what question, perhaps even completely unrelated to politics, perhaps some small misfortunes are decisive,” Vilmorus head Vladas Gaidys said on Delfi Diena.

V. Gaidys observed that the correspondence scandal that occurred in May hurt D. Grybauskaitė’s ratings so much that they still haven’t recovered.

But why are the president’s ratings so high in the first place? “I have been trying to find an answer to this for a decade and I have yet to answer, why her ratings are so high. Her image – that she is independent. She came and won in the first round with this image that she is independent from politicians, businessmen, family members, relatives, everyone. That’s very important,” V. Gaidys stated.

The president’s work ratings compared to the cabinet and Seimas are rather high. The two institutions’ work was rated at around five points by respondents. “The cabinet’s position is likely the hardest because it is responsible for our daily welfare. That daily welfare is likely not the sort we may hope for, thus traditionally, the cabinet is poorly rated in Lithuania,” another guest at the show, Ignas Zokas stated.

Meanwhile, the Seimas’ ratings, according to I. Zokas, depend not on work, but on internal bickering. “This bickering is paid for by the tax payers’ money at great cost. I believe that every member of Seimas has heard this from their voters a number of times. It is namely this impression of bickering and the negative image that creates this low rating,” I. Zokas said.

V. Gaidys assured that Lithuania’s ratings are no exceptional and stressed that the institutions that “talk” the most often have negative ratings, while the “silent” ones – positive ratings. “Three institutions in Lithuania, which have a negative balance, speak much. Especially the Seimas and parties. The institutions that work in silence have positive ratings. For example, the firefighting department’s rating is near one hundred percent,” V. Gaidys stated.

More than a fifth of the country’s citizens view Ramūnas Karbauskis an untrustworthy politician. Does this come as a surprise? “His ratings were very high (at the start of term). This was one of the most popular people in Lithuania,” V. Gaidys stated and pointed out that the politician’s ratings began to decline when he got involved in scandals.

Nevertheless, the head of Vilmorus added that R. Karbauskis’ ratings aren’t bad.

“The stronger the stage lights, the greater the shadow. There are some, who support them fervently, but there is a part that dislikes them a great deal,” I. Zokas stressed that the most notable polticians are either liked or disliked by the public.

Delfi reminds that D. Grybauskaitė’s overall presidency was rated 7.94 out of 10 by survey takers.

The researchers also sought to find out, how citizens rated D. Grybauskaitė’s initiative to mediate between the majority and opposition. 32.4% thought that this was a good and just initiative. 15.7% thought that the head of state should not have done so because the opposition is uninclined to listen. 12.8% thought that the president should not have done so because the majority is uninclined to listen. 11.7% thought that the two parties shouldn’t come to terms, thus there was no need. 27.4% of respondents did not have an opinion on this.

The Seimas’ work overall was mostly favourably rated by women, middle education, regional centre residents and the youngest (18-25 years old) respondents, however they latter often did not have an opinion at all.

The cabinet’s work and decisions were typically supported by respondents aged 26-45, middle income representatives, residents of regional centres and rural areas.

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Būdama moksleive svajojau apie menininkės karjerą, tad užvėrusi mokyklos duris įstojau mokytis į Vilniaus Dailės Akademiją. Atsiėmusi diplomą supratau, kad mano kelias – ne teptukas, o žurnalistika. Ji mano gyvenime jau nuo 2009 metų. Per šį laiką baigiau Vilniaus universitetą, o studijuodama išbandžiau darbo dienraštyje ir politinėje organizacijoje subtilybes. 2013 m. pradėjau dirbti pramogų žurnaliste, 2015 m. prisijungiau prie DELFI komandos, o 2018 m. tapau DELFI aktualijų komandos dalimi
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