WFD's fifth annual nation-wide opinion poll shows that Serbian citizens are currently most worried about rising prices of food and energy, poverty and low standard of living, and the status of Kosovo. The least worrisome issues appear to be the rights/status of the LGBTQ+ community, and youth and women's position in society. At the same time, youth is the demographic group showing the lowest degree of trust in almost all state institutions. When it comes to gender equality, WFD discovered low levels of support to women in professional decision-making and leadership, even among women themselves.
Despite demonstrating significant general trust in the political institutions, only one in four Serbian citizens thinks that the country is governed democratically. Compared data indicates that citizens of Serbia predominantly see positive outcomes and outlooks for Serbia in spite of the perceived lack of democracy.
The top three reasons for support to political parties remain stable – programme, trustworthy team of people, and the ability to provide stability and economic progress. However, trust in political parties remains low. The findings of this survey show that Serbian citizens mostly trust the army, church, education system, and the president of the country whose rule is supported by every second person. It is important to note the significant rise in citizen confidence in the Parliament since 2020 which could among other factors be attributed to the return of the opposition to the Parliament.
WFD will use the conclusions from this survey to better understand Serbian society’s needs and most pressing challenges and additionally support political institutions in tackling them. Also, these insights are ground basis for the continuation of support to the institutions in strengthening transparency, openness to citizens, and delivery of effective and efficient procedures.
Serbian version of the report
The survey conducted by WFD provides insights about the level of political awareness among Serbian citizens, their outlook on domestic political issues and progress, viewpoints on the status of women and youth in society, and their stance on current international affairs.