According to a new INSCOP survey conducted for News.ro, over 60% of Romanians believe that life under the regime of former communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu was better or at least as good as it is today.
According to the survey, 46.4% of Romanians believe that before 1989 life was better compared to the current situation (as compared to 44.4% in November 2013), and 13.7% believe that life was the same (as compared to 15.6% in November 2013 ). Only 34.2% believe that life was worse then than now. 5.7% of the total sample do not know or do not answer (compared to 6.4% in November 2013).
Regarding the Ceaușescu regime, 48.1% of Romanians think it was beneficial for Romania, while 42.2% think it was bad. 9.7% did not want or did not know how to answer the question.
Remus Ştefureac, director of INSCOP Research declared, “It is shocking that almost half of the Romanians declare that the communist regime meant a good thing for Romania and almost half declare that life was better during the communist period than today. The objective reality and absolutely all the data clearly show that today’s standard of living, national wealth, rights and freedoms are clearly superior to the situation before 1989.”
He added that this is also explained by “the unequal distribution of the national wealth in the present, which greatly increases the differences between the categories affected by poverty and the population with medium-high incomes, the personal nostalgia of a part of the population towards the period of their own youth, the process of socialization and education of young people who learn from nostalgic sources about the illusory advantages of that period (secure job, house insured by the state), and the stimulation of some myths from the communist period through aggressive campaigns carried out by political actors, especially online.
The failure of the globalist policies adopted by successive regimes in Bucharest since 1990 is at the heart of popular dissatisfaction with the current regime.
The opinion poll was conducted by INSCOP Research on behalf of News.ro. The data were collected between November 20-27, through the CATI method (telephone interviews), through the questionnaire. The sample is 1,100 people, representing diverse socio-demographic categories (sex, age, occupation) of the non-institutionalized population of Romania, aged 18 and over.