Opinion polls are showing that the governing Republican Party of Armenia and the pro-government Prosperous Armenia Party should command a comfortable majority of votes in Armenia's parliamentary elections on May 12. Some opposition parties, however, claim the findings are fraudulent -- the product of partisan politics.
There is one area -- the popular mood -- where opposition leaders agree with pollsters. The recent polling data indicates that discontent over the status quo is widely prevalent. A March 16-25 survey of 1,200 residents run by Baltic Surveys Ltd./The Gallup Organization and the Armenian Sociological Association for the International Republican Institute reported that 50 percent of respondents believe the country is on the wrong tack, and 59 percent said that they have no hope for a fair election.
A January survey run by the APR Group indicated still higher discontent: 94.3 percent of 663 respondents surveyed believe Armenia needs "radical" socio-economic changes, while a whopping 83 percent stated that they do not trust government authority.
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Gayane Abrahamyan is a reporter for the independent online ArmeniaNow weekly in Yerevan.