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Study: Romanians consider poverty and medical system, problems to be solved with priority


Three out of four Romanians consider that problems of poverty and the medical system should be solved with priority, according to a study made by Exact Research and Consulting and Wave Tree Zero.

“75% of Romanians consider that social problems regarding poverty (lack of jobs in certain areas, limited access to education in poor areas) and conditions offered by the Romanian medical system should have priority on the list of fields needing solutions. Employees’ rights (right to vacations and sick leave) rank second,with 32%, followed by serious social cases (children with cancer, for instance) with 29% and and problems concerning human rights, with 18%,” the document shows.

Problems concerning global warming and ecology represent 8-9%, while inequality like animal rights occupy the other places on the list of priorities to be solved in Romania.

“Young people aged 15 to 34 offer the same priorities to social problems, with a few differences: the most important problems for them concern the medical system (73%) compared to those concerning poverty (66%). They also grant priority to serious social cases -30%, compared to problems concerning employees’ rights (24%). Compared to people aged 15 to 60, young people consider priorities problems concerning human rights (15%), gender inequality (13%) and global warming and other ecological problems (12%), as young people from other countries do. Problems concerning human rights are considered less of a priority by young people (8%), the study informs.

33% of Romanians declare they often talk about ecological problems with friends and relatives.

“80% of Romanians mention throwing garbage only in specially organized areas, 71% use class A economic light bulbs, 71% buy class A household appliances, 69% reuse plastic bags when possible, 67% use electronic invoices to avoid paper waste, 60% save water for household use, 53% efficiently use electricity.

Young people adopt similar behaviour by using online electronic invoices (72.3%) and the use of public transportation or bicycles -51%,” according to the document.

Data were obtained by using mixed research methods: a quality study in which respondents identified Romania’s priority problems and measured them in a quantity study to identify the most important. The online quantity study was made in January 2016 on a sample of 400 respondents aged between 15 and 60, from the urban area. The margin of error was +/- 4.9%. The quality study was made in December 2016 was made on 200 respondents from Bucharest, in an online community having as target Millennials.