Citizens on municipal offices and local councils

In the beginning of February 2003 the Public Opinion Research Centre focused in its survey on the question of how citizens currently view their local authorities. The survey was about to find out (among other issues) how many citizens have come into contact with their local council within this or last year, how people view the work of their local councils, to what extent they are satisfied with the work of their local councils and whether they took part in the municipal elections held this autumn.

The results have shown for example that the work of local councils is currently viewed positively by almost two thirds of citizens (63 %) and negatively by approximately one quarter (24 %). Nevertheless, during this or the past year more than a half of the citizens older than 15 years (53 %) have come into contact with their local councils while dealing with their personal issues.