Tbilisi, Georgia – IRI released its latest poll of Georgian public opinion today.  The poll, conducted September 27-October 7, 2010, is a comprehensive analysis of attitudes regarding the current Georgian economic, social and political landscape. 

Among the findings in the poll, 44 percent say that unemployment is the biggest problem facing Georgia, followed by territorial integrity at 24 percent.  Similarly, 45 percent of those interviewed suggested that the government should address economic reforms first followed by reforms to healthcare (23 percent) and education (12 percent).  In international relations, 96 percent strongly or mostly support further dialogue with Russia and 94 percent support efforts to open Russian markets to Georgian goods.  In spite of recent meetings in Moscow by certain political parties, only 10 percent support such efforts while 70 percent believed that all discussions with Russia should be initiated by the Georgian government.

IRI has been conducting polls in Georgia since May 2003, prior to the Rose Revolution.  The data collected is used both to gauge public opinion, and also to assist IRI’s political party partners with building platforms based on the issues closest to the Georgian people. 

The randomly collected sample of 1,500 men and women of voting age was collected nationwide.  The study was designed and analyzed by Baltic Surveys/The Gallup Organization.  The survey was fielded by the Institute for Polling and Marketing under the supervision of IRI.  The margin of error for the national sample does not exceed plus or minus 2.5 percent.

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