IDM poll: Most Albanians expect government to be transparent

January 19, 2015

aogNews Source: Institute for Democracy and Mediation, Albania

A strong majority of Albanians hold an expectation that their government should conduct its work in an open and transparent manner, according to the results of an Institute for Democracy and Mediation poll conducted as part of a PASOS project.

“Open government policies that focus on citizen engagement and access to information can help increase public trust,” according to an IDM fact sheet documenting the results of the polling. “Results show that in general citizens do expect their governments to be open, practice anti- corruption policies and publish data.”

The survey was held in connection with Advocacy for Open Government,  an EU-funded PASOS project to encourage governments in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia to become more transparent.

The polling, which was conducted in October 2014, found that:

  • 76% of the respondents agreed that  “All financial, performance and technical information on contracts funded by the government should be made public”
  • 75% of the respondents agreed that “Members of Parliaments and local councilors make information on their personal assets and income public”

IDM’s survey also asked Albanians to rate their level of trust in public institutions. The polling found that the judiciary and political parties are the least trusted, while NATO and the EU are the most trusted.

Other areas covered in the polling include: citizen participation, the level of political influence in the daily workings of state offices, use of information and technology, performance of public institutions, and levels of satisfaction with the delivery of public service.

Download: IDM Fact Sheet on Trust in Government Polling

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