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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Huge public approval for Christofias’ first two months ]

Huge public approval for Christofias’ first two months

THREE in four Greek Cypriots approve President Demetris Christofias’ first two months in office, a Noverna poll has found.

This reflects what political scientists call the ‘honeymoon period’ of newly elected governments, which Christofias has done well to make the most of via efforts to move closer to a solution.

“The honeymoon period combined with moves made by the President, such as the opening of Ledra Street and the immediate institution of the working committees,” University of Nicosia electoral analyst Christoforos Christoforou told the Mail.

The high approval rating “shows that the public is interested in the prospects of a solution.”

“Christofias does not conduct himself based on promises, but on delivery,” he pointed out.

Cyprus University political science professor Joseph Joseph said the high marks were owed to Christofias' breaking a four-year deadlock on reunification talks.

"Nothing was happening for four years, and people are now happy to see something happening," Joseph said.

Seven out of ten thought it was unlikely that Turkey would attempt a military incursion in the Republic of Cyprus, while 44 per cent cited no reason to worry if the political problem were solved.

The poll, which was published in Politis newspaper over Sunday and Monday, showed Christofias transcending traditional partisan divisions, with 77 per cent of respondents from rival party DISY backing the president's Cyprus problem policy.
This proves ex post just how close DISY’s presidential candidate Ioannis Kasoulides policies were to those of the victorious AKEL candidate.

“It also confirms that AKEL and DISY have always been the more reconciliatory parties where the political problem is concerned, and the general mood of the public too,” Christoforou explained.

Significantly, voters of co-ruling party DIKO, whose candidate Tassos Papadopoulos was considered to be the most hard-line of all candidates, also show high rates of approval at Christofias’ handling (68 per cent).

“The approval Christofias enjoys from almost seven out of ten DIKO voters confirms the general mood of the public,” Christoforou added.

Three out of five Greek Cypriots now also believe in the efficacy of a solution, whereas a year ago exactly two out of five were as hopeful.

Christoforou thought that the moves made were carefully planned.

“Christofias realises that goals are best achieved at the negotiating table rather than via war of words.

“Public statements are free of charge consumable. But they cannot help you achieve your goals,” the expert quipped.

Indeed, the brief pubic altercation between Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat and Christofias in April was short-lived, Christofias publicly highlighting the need for fewer public statements on the developments.

Even the approval rating by DISY voters where domestic policy is concerned is high, (58 per cent) especially if one takes into consideration the ideological differences pervading domestic policy implementation.

Moreover, 54 per cent of the respondents predict that the economy will benefit after a solution because of the influx of foreign capital.

However, most individuals aged between 18 and 34 believe that a solution would burden them financially while 45 per cent of those polled think that land value would drop.

Where refugees are concerned, 63 per cent said that they would not go to live under Turkish Cypriot administration, indicative that memories of the invasion are still very much alive.

However, 53 per cent of refugees would accept compensation for their land instead of returning to it.

The poll also asked about the other major problem of the island, the water drought. Most seem to have become accustomed to the water cuts, while the majority are in favour of fining those who waste water.

The April 18-30 telephone poll surveyed 500 adults at random, and had a 4.4 per cent error margin.

(Source: Cyprus Mail)

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