New survey: Kosovo lines up on the left but still maintains conservative views on abortion and religion – Exit
Almost half of Kosovo’s citizens consider themselves to be left, while 30% say they are right-wing and almost a quarter are centrist.
According to the “Citizens Mindset on Political Questions” survey, published by the Prishtina Institute for Political Studies (PIPS) in collaboration with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. The survey aims to create “credible results” that will enable decision-makers and politicians to make better decisions.
The study was divided into two parts: the state’s relationship with the economy and individual freedoms and politics and participation.
More than three-quarters of the citizens of Kosovo believe that it is the government’s responsibility to regulate the economy, and more than 88% say the state should help the poor because they have a difficult life due to the ‘inaction.
The citizens of Kosovo overwhelmingly believe that the government should step in to regulate businesses in the interest of the public good. They also believe that the state should intervene to maintain good working conditions and good wages and exercise control over the private sector to protect the consumer. Respondents said large companies operate on “excess profits” and the rich should pay more taxes.
The majority of citizens also said the government should provide a “basic standard of living” for all, including health insurance. Many respondents said that all people should have equal income.
But despite a majority with leftist attitudes towards the economy, the citizens of Kosovo were more conservative on social issues. For example, 79% were anti-choice and believed that abortion should be banned under all circumstances. Almost 60% said the country would be a better place if people practiced their religion more.
On the other hand, about half said they had no knowledge of ideological beliefs.
73.3% said they disagreed with euthanasia or assisted suicide for terminal or severe illness.
Asked how to ensure peace in the country, more than three-quarters said diplomacy and international relations were the best way to achieve this. Less than 24% said a strong army was needed for this situation.
Corruption was also highlighted as a widespread problem.
Regarding political engagement, 52.6% said they always vote, 46.8% said they sometimes vote and 0.6 refused to answer the question. About half said they were interested in politics, while just under half said they were not interested to varying degrees.
When asked whether the nine political parties in Kosovo belonging to the right or the left, in any case, about half of the respondents had no idea.
The report gathered responses from Albanians, Serbs, Turks, Roma, Egyptians, Ashkali, Gorani and Bosnians, the main ethnicities represented in the country. The sample was then weighted to reflect the ethnic structure of the population. They then conducted the survey with respondents from each municipality, including rural and urban areas. A total of 800 citizens were interviewed, and the confidence level of the survey is 95%, with a margin of error of + – 4%.