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Bulgarians are a selfish and deluded lot, said Daniel Smilov. That’s the conclusion many are drawing from a survey of Bulgarian values commissioned by the Institute for Right-Wing Policy.
The survey found, rather depressingly, that the typical Bulgarian “doesn’t particularly appreciate democracy or the rule of law; hates refugees, Roma, and the rich; and demands free education and health care.” The think tank that sponsored the survey hoped it would show that the country was at heart right-wing. Instead, it merely revealed Bulgarians to be narrow-minded and economically illiterate. The only conservative beliefs we hold are a distaste for immigrants, homosexuality, and taxes.
On economics, we are statists, with more than 90 percent saying education and health care should be free and 86 percent agreeing that the state has an obligation to find us a job.
Pundits have said those results—a love of freebies coupled with a disdain for government—show civic ignorance. But the truth is that surveys in other countries show similar levels of idiocy: Three out of four Americans can’t even name the three branches of government. Those who expect a voter to be “a highly educated and civically engaged person who can be challenged with complex sociopolitical tasks” are doomed to disappointment—not just in Bulgaria, but everywhere.
Original in Bulgarian language here:
The Trend Research Company (Bulgaria) did the survey commissioned by the Institute for Right-Wing Policy. Trend's website: https://rctrend.bg/project/изследване-на-ценностните-нагласи-на-2/
More serious differences in the values of the Bulgarians are found especially among the youngest and the oldest. The dominant opinion is that Bulgaria is a democratic country, and elections are the best mechanism for determining power. Marriage is still a value in the lives of Bulgarians despite its erosion among the younger generations.
These are just some of the main lessons of the second part of the study by Trend Research Center, commissioned by the Right Policy Institute. The survey was conducted between 3 and 10 October 2017 among 1004 adult Bulgarian citizens by the face to face method.