Over 60% of Tunisians plan to vote in municipal elections (Mourakiboun)
09/11/2017 16:24, TUNIS/Tunisia
(TAP) – Over 60% of the Tunisians are planning to vote in the upcoming municipal elections due on March 2018, a study developed by the Mourakiboun network revealed.

The network presented at a press briefing held Thursday in Tunis the outcome of this study on the Tunisian citizen’s perception about the political representativeness and local elections that was developed in association with the “One to One” study institute and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung organisation.

It is a quantitative study conducted from June 28 until August 28 on 10,032 Tunisian citizens aged over 18.   

The study’s content was marked by the regional elections report, the resignation of president of the Independent High Authority for elections (ISIE) and political and economic instability, Mourakiboun Deputy President Mohamed Marzouk told reporters.

The study revealed that though the Tunisian lacks information on the municipal elections and the political scene, he intends to go the polls, he added.

Over 32% of the Tunisians do not intend to vote during the regional elections and 6.7% have yet to decide, the study shows.

Some 30% of those who do not plan to vote consider that the elections will change nothing and 25.5% have no confidence in politicians.

However, 16.3% will not vote due to lack of information and “difficulty” of the electoral operation.

As for the voting intentions, over 49% of the voters plan to vote for independent lists against 27% for partisan lists.
Over 57% believe that candidates for the municipal elections must know the region and the reality faced by its inhabitants and 46% consider they must have a good electoral programme for the region.

Nevertheless, 12% of the respondents said candidates in the municipal elections should have money and only 10% think they should be women.

Over 76% of the Tunisians consider having a female president of their municipality as acceptable.

More than 73% accept their candidate to be under 35 and only 16% to be over 70, 60% consider having a physically disabled candidate as acceptable and over 17% accept having a religious extremist candidate.

However, over 57% believe municipal elections will improve the situation in the country, 2.6% say it will worsen it and 28% as it will change nothing.

The Tunisian and Citizenship

For the Tunisians, a good citizen in a democratic country should pay his taxes. In fact, the study revealed that 79% claim that in order to become a good citizen, Tunisian must pay his taxes.

72% think citizens must participate in the elections and 43% think they should protest against decisions that they do not accept.

Over 90% of the Tunisians accept to be fined over throwing the garbage in public places and 77% are ready to pay more taxes to guarantee the cleanliness of the areas where they live in against 20% who refuse to do so.

More than 73% say they would report on a municipal employee in case of wrongdoing but only 48% are ready to report on neighbours over unauthorised construction.
The study further revealed that about 70% of the Tunisians are not aware of the new territorial distribution of municipalities.

Over 77% do not know the municipalities’ new prerogatives and responsibilities. Over half of the respondents accept to give greater independence and financial resources to the municipalities.

How does the Tunisian think about the political scene?

Regarding the citizen’s perception of the general situation in the country, over 64% of the citizens reckon that Tunisia is on the wrong path, 25% oppose this and 10% have no idea.

More than 77% of the interviewed expressed satisfaction at the security situation in the country, only 17% at the economic situation and 25% at the political situation.

Over 42% seem to be interested by the political life in Tunisia against 40.3% who take no interest whatsoever in the Tunisian political scene.  

More than 56% of the Tunisians have zero confidence in political parties, only 5% have great confidence in them, 14% have average confidence and 10% have little confidence, the study further showed.

Confidence in the ISIE dropped after the resignation of its president and two members, said representative of the One to One study centre Youssef Meddeb.

In fact, according to the same study, only 20.4% have great confidence in ISIE against more than 27% that have zero confidence in this authority.

On the sample of the citizens

The sample is made up of citizens in 24 governorates, 260 delegations and 749 localities.

30.7% of them have a primary education level, 27.2% reached secondary school, 16.7% have a higher education level and 14.2% have never been to school.

The age groups of those questioned vary between 18 and 24 (9.6%), 25 and 34 (17.7%), 35 and 44 (24.5%), 45 and 54 (22.1%), 55 and 65 (14.9%) and over 65 (10.7%). 

67.8% of them live in urban areas and 32.2% are from rural areas.

42% earn below 600 dinars. Over 31% are workers, farmers and traders and less than 14% are administrative employees and high-level officials.

Over 10% are unemployed while 31% are housewives.

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