The head of “APR Group” NGO Ruben Sargsyan, the expert Heriqnaz Tigranyan and sociologist Liana Balyan participated in press conference, which took place in Media Center.
This is repeated research, because APR Group also carried out research about constitutional amendements in 2014.
"Through this research we tried to make clear the attitude of population toward constitutioanl amendments and other issus concerning the situation of the country. We checked the knowledge, and how much the population is aware about constitutional amendments and project. The second, we checked how they treat the amendments, is it necessary, or not. The third we checked the practical part, how much the people ready to participate in referendum and how they vote'',- said Liana Balyan.
According to the results of the inquiry 2,7 percent of respondents think that Armenia develops in the right way, 13,7 percent of respondents think that the Armenia develops mainly in the right way, 29, 9 percent think, that Armenia develops mainly in wrong way and 42,9 percent is absolutely wrong.
"71,9 percent of respondents mentioned that the main issue was the low level of economic development, then migration and inflation. They also mentioned that law didn’t appeal to everyone and shortcomings of health system worried people. 7 percent of respondents answered the question “How do you see the future of the country?”, that the situation was going for the better, 22 percent answered that “nothing was going to change” and 71 percent of respondents think that the situation was going for the worse. 39 percent of responders offer to have regime changes for solving problems, 22,5 percent offer the same use of laws, 13,9 percent offer the change of management system and 11,8 percent offer change of laws and constitution. So 11 percent agrees with constitutional amendments”,-emphasized Balyan.
In 2015 the level of awareness concerning constitutional amendments is very high. 83 percent of respondents stated, that they had been informed about constitutional amendments, and 16,7 percent answered that they hadn’t been informed. Whereas in 2014 only 46 percent of respondents knew about constitutional amendments.
"5,6 percent of respondents absolutely rely on the process of constitutional amendments, 20,7 percent rely on it, 26,7 percent don’t rely, 47 percent absolutely don’t rely. 37,4 percent of respondents answered that Constitutional amendments were necessary 39,5 percent answered that they didn’t need. 23,5 percent couldn’t answer. The previous 2014 inquiry shows, that percentage of “yes” has increased, and the percentage of “no” has decreased. The previous year 61 percent of respondents mentioned that constitutional amendments weren’t needed and only 25,4 percent mentioned that constitutional amendments were needed”,-stated Balyan.
4 percent of respondents are totally aware of the effective Constitution. 28 percent aware, 44,4 percent totally doesn’t aware and 24, 1 percent doesn’t aware.
"57,5 percent totally isn’t aware of new Constitutional amendments and 20,8 percent isn’t aware”,-added Balyan.
The expert of APR Group Heriknaz Tigranyan, who also participated in the discussion, said that 73 percent of respondents mentioned, that human rights hadn’t been protected. Only 20 percent said, that they had been protected.
"Due to respondents the cause of non-protection is law, which doesn’t use, authorities, who don’t respect that rights and people, who don’t protect their rights. The question about how human rights will be defended throw the constitutional amendments, 47 percent of respondents answered that, nothing would change, 20 percent mentioned, that it would be defended and 41 percent thought, that provisions were written in Constitution remained only on the paper. 32 percent of respondents thought, that the provisions were offered in project, which had directed to protection of human rights, didn’t have clear definitions. 19,7 percent couldn’t answer. Only 6 percent think, that human rights are restricted’’,-stated Tigranyan.
Ruben Sargsyan said, that in answer to the question how results of elections coincide with reality, 55,8 percent mentioned, that it was totally falsified. 32 percent of respondents mentioned that electoral violations existed, but didn’t affect on the results of elections. And 5,4 percent of respondents said that elections implemented without electoral violations.
"The attitude about electoral processes is negative. 70 percent of respondents said, that they knew about referendum of Constitutional amendments and 75 percent said, that it would take place on the 6th of December. So the level of awareness is high. 64,4 percent of respondents answered that they would participate in referendum, 31 percent wouldn’t. 4 percent couldn’t answer”,- stated Sargsyan.
Due to respondents, 35,8 percent would vote for constitutional amendments, 31,8 percent would vote against.
"0,67 percent of respondents answered that ballots would be annulled, 21,1 percent couldn’t answer, 10,6 percent refused to answer”,-added Sarsgyan.