An enormous uptick of optimism was noticed among citizens that Macedonia is heading in a good direction and that the economy can develop in less than less than six months, shows the latest poll of the International Republic Institute (IRI) that was conducted in Macedonia. The polls show a significant increase of the trust in Zoran Zaev and SDSM, including a fall in the trust into VMRO-DPMNE and Nikola Gruevski, both on a central and a local level.

According to the results that were presented today, the new poll that was carried out in the period between 4th and the 27th of August, with 1.150 participants, 17% i.e.morethan 13% have replied that the state is moving in the right direction. There is growth in optimism that the economy will head in a good direction i.e. this is what 33% of the citizens believe.

There is an enormous increase among the citizens that see the inner political situation as stable and peaceful, from 5% in March to 44% in the previous month. The percentage of those that are describing the current situation as “intense and uncertainĆ has dropped by 18% i.e. from 62% in March this year to 44% in August.

During the same period, a significant increase was noticed about the conviction that in Macedonia there is a rule of law, from 12% to 18%.

If the parliamentary elections were to be held now, SDSM would lead with 20% ahead of VMRO-DPMNE’s 17%, 7% for DUI, 5% for the Alliance of the Albanians, and BESA with 4%.

The support for an EU membership is still strong with 77% -an improvement of 5% from March 2017.

Regarding the political leaders, Zoran Zaev enjoys the biggest support with 25%, which is only 3% less of Katica Janeva who enjoys the greatest support. Gruevski has a support of 15% and the biggest fall of the trust compared to March this year – a fall of 30%.

Regarding the ratings of the political parties, VMRO-DPMNE’s ratings have fallen by 27% and now it has a support of only 14% of the participants. SDSM has a strong support of 22%.