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Barometer: Church, Army and Academy - first places in Romanians' trust

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The Church, the Army and the Romanian Academy occupy the first places in terms of the degree of trust granted by Romanians, according to the first barometer of the religious life in Romania, presented on Wednesday in the Aula Magna of the Romanian Academy.

According to the barometer, conducted by the LARICS Center for Sociological Research, in partnership with the State Secretariat for Religions and the Institute of Political Science and International Relations of the Romanian Academy, in terms of trust, after the Church - 71.2% (41.4% - very much ; 29.8% - a lot), ranking second is the Army, with 61.8% (17.8% - a lot; 44% - a lot), followed by the Romanian Academy, with 45.6% (9, 4% - very much; 36.2% - much), City Hall, with 43% (11% - very much; 32% - much); the Police, with 41.1 (11.4% - very much; 29.7% - a lot) and the Ministry of Health, with 34% (6.3% - a lot; 27.7% - a lot).

The government (13.7%), Parliament (9.5%), the political parties (9.1%) occupy the last places in terms of the degree of trust of Romanians, the research reveals.

 

According to the sociological research which was made by the Centre for Sociological Research LARICS, 47.3% of the Romanians consider that the state violated the religious liberty of the cults during the pandemics, while 35.7% of the interviewees state that it is normal that the activity of the Church and the cults have restrictions.

Only 15.9% of the interviewees think that the state collaborated very well with the church and communicated the measures taken very well.

Similarly,44.1% of the Romanians state that the state tries to subordinate and limit the cults, 29.3% say that the relation between the state and the cults is balanced and fair, and 20.6% think, that,on the contrary, the cults try to take over some of the attributions of the state, and 6% of the interviewees did not know/ did not answer.


Asked about the fact that some leaders publicly express their opinion against the church and religion, 36% of the Romanians consider this attitude a normal one in a democracy, 26.9% consider that it is about an anti-religious trend, and 25.9% consider that this is a proof of the lack of knowledge about the religious life.According to the research, 7.7% of the Romanians think these are necessary positions and they must be encouraged and 3.5% did not know/did not answer.

At the same time, asked about the fact that some leaders publicly express their opinion in favour of the church and religion, 43.7% of the interviewees stated that this is normal in a democracy, 18.7% think this proves the lack of knowledge of the separation between the state and the church, 16.9% think they are necessary positions which must be encouraged, and 16.2% think that such an attitude is anti-democratic trend. A percentage of 4.5% do not know/do not answer.

The study shows that 62.2% of the Romanians would not vote for a politician who considered  himself an atheist and 34.4% would give their vote and 3.4% do not know/do not answer.

A percentage of 88.5%of the interviewees consider that religion does not hinder Romania’s belonging to the European Union and to the Euro-Atlantic space.

More than half (58.6%) of the Romanians state that religion is fundamental for the national identity of the Romanians, while 39.1% think that national identity has no connection to religion.

The survey, conducted on the basis of a telephone questionnaire, was carried out between November 30 and December 7, on a multi-tiered, probabilistic sample of 1,000 people and is representative of Romania's uninstitutionalized population, aged 18 and over 18 years.

The maximum permissible data error is plus/minus 3%, at a 95% confidence level.

The questionnaires were applied in all counties of Romania and in Bucharest,'s districts, the sample being validated based on the official data of the National Institute of Statistics.

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