Royal Family - Opinion Poll
ROMPRES - Romanian National Press Agency, May 3, 2006
IRECSON opinion poll: 66.24 per cent of Romanians think the Royal House ought to get more actively involved in Romania's development
Bucharest, May 3 - The great majority of Romanians (66.24 -per cent) would like to see a more active involvement of the Royal House in the democratisation and development of Romania, according to an opinion poll conducted by the Romanian Institute for Economic and Social Surveys and Opinion Polls - IRECSON. The poll was occasioned by the anniversary, on May 10, of 140 years since the foundation of the Royal House.
Less than one third of the interviewees (30.24 per cent) do not think such an involvement of the Royal House is necessary.
It is the opinion of 59.94 per cent of the interviewees that the Royal House is carrying on and is involved on a continuous basis in activities having a beneficial role for Romania, while 36.01 per cent do not agree with that assertion.
According to the opinion of most of the IRECSON poll respondents (58 per cent), the Royal House is instrumental in the process of accession to the EU, however 65 per cent believe the presence of the Royal House is not likely to put an end to the political fights in the Romanian society.
Less than one third of the people interviewed (30.52 per cent) believe the presence of the Royal House could put an end to the political fights in the Romanian society.
People in urban areas would like the Royal House to get involved in Romania’s development to a greater extent than people in rural areas (68% vs. 63%).
According to the IRECSON survey, in the opinion of Romanians the monarchy means "preservation of traditions" - 73 per cent of respondents mentioned that value, "national pride" - 59 per cent, "national identity" - 52 per cent, while 48.66 per cent of the interviewees believe the monarchy is the "guarantee of continuity"
When asked to list some of King Michael's qualities, the IRECSON poll subjects mentioned: honest/moral - 45.15 per cent, religious - 64.28 per cent, popular - 45.99 per cent, patient - 34.60 per cent, a family man - 73.42 per cent.
Among the people who have heard about the existence of Princess Margarita of Romania Foundation, some 70.3 per cent appreciate the activity of that organisation, while 10.47 per cent do not.
Also, according to the IRECSON survey, the appreciation for the effort made by the Princess is not proportional to the awareness about the existence of the foundation, since even if people in rural areas know less about this organisation they appreciate it to a greater extent (73% vs. 69%).
Almost a half of the people interviewed (48.80%) think it would be good for Prince Radu to accept a State function, while 46.41% are of the opposite opinion.
Also, 38.26 per cent of the poll subjects believe Prince Radu ought to have a political involvment, while 56.12 per cent do not believe this would be right.
However, 42 per cent said it would be good Prince Radu to run for office.
The poll was conducted in the interval 5-12 April, on a sample of 1 422 persons, having a +/-2.6% margin of error. This was a face to face survey conducted at the interviewees' place of domicile.