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Crises are everywhere, and we are becoming more and more anxious and distrustful. This is shown by the sociological data from a recent survey by Market Links, analyzed in the bTV studio by sociologist Dobromir Zhivkov.

Even Kovid failed to shake us as the current situation, especially politically. There is less and less hope in people who increasingly seem unable to resist.

Data from a national survey, funded and conducted jointly by bTV and Market Links, conducted among persons over 18 in the country in the period April 29 – May 8, 2022 using the methods of direct personal interview and online survey, show that Bulgarians have more confidence in Vazrazhdane leader Kostadin Kostadinov (19%) than in Prime Minister Kiril Petkov (17%).

Against this background, the Bulgarian society has the highest trust in the head of state Rumen Radev (48%), distrust against him amounts to 33% and is a consequence of the polarization around the situation with the war in Ukraine.

In second place is former caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Yanev with 28% confidence and 72% distrust. Third is the leader of GERB and former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov with 22% trust and 65% distrust.

In fourth place is the leader of “Vazrazhdane” Kostadin Kostadinov with 19% confidence and 58% distrust. In fifth place is Prime Minister Kiril Petkov with 17% confidence and 68% distrust. He is followed by the leader of “There is such a people” also with 17% confidence and 63% distrust.

In seventh place is the Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the BSP Cornelia Ninova with 16% confidence and 70% distrust. The penultimate place is for the leader of “Democratic Bulgaria” Hristo Ivanov with 11% trust and 67% distrust.

In last place is the leader of the MRF Mustafa Karadji with 10% confidence and the highest percentage of distrust – 81%.

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In general, Bulgarian society feels insecure about the government. It is felt that the government is still to some extent wandering, making mistakes, correcting them on the move, if possible, and therefore, especially in these severe crises, the sense of strong and convincing leadership in the country is lost.

GERB remains in the orbit in which it has been moving for the last 3-4 years. This political force, at least for the time being, before the upcoming early elections, is probably failing to capitalize on the crisis in governance.

In “We continue the change” the direction is down. The other political forces retain the place they once had.

The subject of the war in Ukraine has been politicized, although it has been explicitly emphasized many times that this will not happen. And this has influenced public attitudes.

The last three months have seen a gradual rupture with these deep economic and political ties that many people had in mind with Russia. In fact, the Russian side is losing its image. We are increasingly turning to our Euro-Atlantic partners, concluded sociologist Dobromir Zhivkov.

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