45-year-old Goris resident Svetlana was asked
to name five basic problems to her future President,
the dish-washing woman from a snack bar said:
"Mr. President will you hold back some cruel
individuals from oppressing other people?"
Yerevan resident 60-year-old Pavel answered to
the same question in the capital: "People
leave Armenia because of social unfairness. Will
the elected President try to solve this problem?"
A collection of journalists representing ProMedia,
a USAID media strengthening program, questioned
464 potential voters concerning 17 basic problems
(unemployment, migration, corruption and so on)
to learn how their concerns would effect their
choice of candidate.
Among the respondents 331 are from Yerevan and
nearby districts; 56 are from Gyumri and Vanadzor
and 77 are from the Syunik region.
The interviews show that concerns vary according
Social problems are primary in Yerevan and Syunik
region, while in Shirak and Lori regions the first
is the economic situation, followed by social
In the Capital only 16 percent named the economy
as a chief concern, focusing more on issues such
as education, judicial system problems, corruption
Part of the population in Yerevan and nearby
regions names migration, national security, human
rights' protection and free media after economic
other part of the population thinks the next President
has to work more on the problems of terrorism,
October 27 case investigation and genocide issues,
as well as on agricultural, disaster zone and
environment issues. Less than four percent think
dual citizenship is necessary in Armenia.
In Syunik, human rights and free media rank as
a higher concern than in Yerevan. And in Syunik,
which is geographically closer to Karabakh than
to other Armenian regions, only four of 77 interviewees
referred to the Karabakh problem.
In the "earthquake zone", reconstruction
is fourth on the priorities of voters and Karabakh
shares almost equal concern.
Overall, economic and social problems rank as
voters' top concerns, followed by corruption,
migration, culture, national security, juridical
system, free media, environmental reform, terrorism
control and, last, a policy on stimulating the
rate of birth.