Public Pulse Highlights Increased Satisfaction with Key Institutions and More Confidence in the Power of the Vote

Speeches Shim

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
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This summer, UNDP launched the 20th Public Pulse brief, a flagship research project funded by USAID. The May 2021 Public Pulse surveyed more than 1,300 respondents across all ethnicities in Kosovo. Results indicate a significant increase in people's satisfaction with the performance of key executive, legislative, and judicial institutions relative to the previous poll from December 2020. Executive Cabinet Satisfaction is 59 percent, up 38 points from the December 2020 poll; with the President of Kosovo at 64 percent, up 30 points from December 2020.

The May 2021 brief also showed a change in attitudes of the people of Kosovo toward voting. Compared to the December 2020 opinion poll, respondents showed an increased confidence in the effect of the popular vote to trigger political changes. When asked whether their vote can change the situation in Kosovo, 44 percent of respondents declared that their vote could affect change (compared to 34 percent in December 2020), while 25 percent considered their vote could not. The trend shows that people’s confidence in their vote has increased substantially as compared to May 2019 and November 2018, when almost half the respondents believed their vote could not affect change in Kosovo. Gender-disaggregated data shows that women are more skeptical than men when it comes to the influence of their vote. While 47 percent of men consider their vote can change the situation, only 41 percent of women think the same. However, women's confidence in the power of their vote has increased substantially compared to December 2020, when it stood as low as 28 percent.

The Public Pulse brief shows a snapshot in time, providing insights into the perceptions of Kosovo citizens twice a year for the last 10 years.  

Last updated: November 19, 2021

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