EXCLUSIVE POLL What do Romanians think about joining Schengen? 41% think Romania will be admitted/ Corruption in police stations and police is a cause for concern for member countries say 56% of Romanians/ 46% think it would be right for Romania to join Schengen alone, uncoupled from Bulgaria / Who should resign in case of failure?
41% of Romanians believe that Romania will be admitted to the Schengen area at the Justice and Home Affairs Council scheduled for 8 December, while 31% believe that Romania will not be accepted and 2% cannot estimate, according to a survey conducted by Avangarde on behalf of G4Media.ro. According to the survey, 23% of those interviewed consider the reservations expressed by some countries such as the Netherlands or more recently Austria to be justified, while 43% believe they are not justified and 29% cannot assess.
To the question „Do you think that Romanian institutions (border police, customs authority, coast guard, port authorities) have the capacity to secure the EU’s eastern border and are ready to become the first and only filter at the EU’s eastern border?”, 11% answered „definitely yes”, 47% „probably yes”, 15% „probably no” and 7% „definitely no”.
However, to the question „Could corruption in these institutions be a cause for concern for countries already members of the Schengen area?”, 56% of Romanians think yes, 23% no and 17% can’t say. In addition, 30% of those interviewed think that if Romania is not welcomed into Schengen, corruption in the customs and police is the main culprit, 23% identify as the main culprit the countries that oppose it and 18% the government.
57% of those interviewed say that Romania’s entry into Schengen would help them personally, 35% say it would not. When asked „What do you think is the biggest benefit if Romania joins Schengen?”, most (31%) said „I will be able to travel without waiting in lines at customs”, 22% said „increased foreign investment”, 20% said „transport companies will be able to reach their destination faster” and 18% said, „Romania deserves to join the club of civilized countries”.
46% of respondents think it would be right for Romania to join Schengen on its own, uncoupled from Bulgaria, 23% disagree with this option.
When asked „Do you think President Klaus Iohannis has been sufficiently involved in lobbying to support the cause of Romania’s entry into Schengen?”, 25% answered Yes, 46% No, 24% cannot say.
To the question „Which party do you think has most strongly supported the cause of Romania’s entry into Schengen?”, 14% think PNL, 13% PSD, 3% USR, 3% UDMR, 64% do not know or do not answer. If Romania does not join Schengen, 16% of Romanians think that the Ciucă government should resign in its entirety, 9% President Klaus Iohannis, 7% the leaders of the coalition parties, 6% the Minister of Interior, 5% Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă and 57% do not know or do not answer.
The Avangarde poll was conducted between 19 and 26 November on a sample of 884 respondents using the telephone interview method. The survey has a reported margin of error of 3.3%.
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