CRPM poll: 63 percent of Macedonians mistrust the judicial system
News Source: Center for Research and Policy Making, Macedonia
About 63 percent of Macedonians say they do not trust their country’s judiciary, making it the least trustworthy governmental institution in Macedonia, according to the results of a poll commissioned by the Center for Research and Policy Making (CRPM).
The CRPM survey also found more than 61 percent of Macedonians say they do not trust their Parliament. The office of the president is Macedonia’s most trusted government institution, with nearly 44 percent saying they trust that office.
The poll was conducted as part of “Advocacy for Open Government: Civil society agenda-setting and monitoring of country action plan,” an EU-funded PASOS project to encourage governments in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia to become more transparent.
CRPM’s survey was included in a mapping study of the status of open government principles in Macedonia. In addition to gauging the public’s trust in government institutions, the poll explored citizen views on government services, civil society, transparency, citizen engagement, officials’ accountability, and open data.
Other survey results showed that:
- 73 percent of Macedonians have attended a demonstration or rally sometime in their life.
- The largest proportion of respondents have no confidence that private media (38%), trade unions (44,1%), local government associations (34,1%), civic groups and non-governmental organizations (35,2%) and the Church (32,75%) have the capability to influence government decisions.
- Nearly 40 percent of Macedonians do not consider open government desirable because it makes the country more vulnerable.
“Further on the mapping report shows that the government made little efforts to increase accountability apart from the procedures and mechanisms set to hold government accountable such as the State Audit Office, the oversight hearings in Parliament and the disciplinary and complaints mechanisms promoted at service provision level,” the report states.
“The open government survey also demonstrated that citizens remain unaware of these mechanisms, do not use them and what is more distrust them of being effective corrector of government deeds. The independent institutions which have a whistle blowers role, including civil society and the media are also perceived as not successful in holding government accountable.”
Other PASOS members who are working on Advocacy for Open Government: Civil society agenda-setting and monitoring of country action plans in their respective countries are the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies (Serbia), the Analitika Center for Social Research (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Riinvest Institute for Development Research (Kosovo), the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (Albania), 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 also includes 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. Project partners are monitoring the impact of government polices, and developing commitments for governments to make under the OGP Initiative.