Tbilisi, May 14, 2015
According to the results of the sociological study carried out by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) of the USA, Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia is the most popular Georgian resident. The President Georgy Margvelashvili is ranked second, while the ex-defense Minister Irakli Alasania ranked third, reports RIA-Novosti.
87% of respondents voted for the patriarch, Georgy Margvelashvili was supported by 52% and Irakli Alasania by 51%. In the popularity rating the present Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili gained 40% of votes, after the Parliamentary speaker David Usupashvili (45%) and leader of the opposition party, United National Movement, David Bakradze (44%).
The social study was conducted in Georgia between March 27 and April 19 this year. Over 4,300 people were polled in all; the survey was made in the form of a direct interview with a representative sample. The margin of error does not exceed 2.3%.
DNI research in Georgia is financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). Polls are conducted by the Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC).