Almost 80% of Belarusians believe that the country needs market reforms. And almost 60% of them want to see a the role of the state go down, a public opinion survey by the Belarusian Analytical Workroom (BAW) has revealed.
Unlike April’s poll, previous studies showed a noticeable domimance of the supporters of the growing role of the state.
78.9% of Belarusians want economic reforms. Of them, 57.4% want to see the role of the state in the economy go down, 31.1% want it to increase.
Belarusians answered similar questions in April 2014 and May 2015 in the surveys conducted as part of the project “Reforum” by the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies. In both cases, supporters of reforms made about 70%. However, the distribution of answers regarding the role of the state different.
In 2014, 43.3% of respondents wanted the role of the state to increase while only 33% held a contrary opinion.
The next year, both numbers grew – to 45.4% and 36.1% respectively.
The poll by BAW was conducted on 28 March – 13 April, with 1063 Belarusians participating in it.