Uzbekistan: Unusually Frank Poll Highlights Unhappiness
Uzbekistan’s government-loyal polling company Izhtimoy Fikr has long been a channel for suspiciously on-message feedback about public sentiment, so it was a surprise this week to see it producing a survey appearing to document deep unhappiness about people’s basic everyday needs.
The company’s most recent survey has shown, for example, that half the respondents it queried have trouble getting piped water to their homes, 58.5 percent have the same problem with gas, and 60 percent are unhappy with their supply of hot water and electricity. Around 70 percent do not get centralized heating. Another 28.6 percent reported their dissatisfaction that they do not get drinkable water piped into their homes.
The main problem by far, however, is employment. Every third respondent complained that local authorities are not doing enough to create jobs or adequately remunerated employment.
But other aspects of the poll are decidedly less convincing.
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