Citizens are divided in the trust in the municipalities in which they reside. Slightly over half (50.6%) have confidence as opposed to 47.5% who do not. Ethnic Albanians (74.3%) and members of other communities (59.1%) have more trust in the municipalities in which they live than ethnic Macedonians (41.3%), according to a recent survey conducted by the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC) called “Trust in the Government and local elections”.
The results of the local elections section are presented here. Half of the citizens think that their mayor does not deserve to be re-elected. A total of 57.0% of ethnic Albanians believe that their mayor deserves to be re-elected unlike 37.9% of ethnic Macedonians. Supporters of SDSM and VMRO-DPMNE have diametrically opposed views on the re-election of mayors. Namely, 81.8% of those of SDSM think that they deserve while 87.0% of the supporters of VMRO-DPMNE think that they do not deserve to be re-elected.
The three best-ranked mayors are: Mitko Janchev (Kavadarci), Arben Taravari (Gostivar) and Maksim Dimitrievski (Kumanovo). 10.5%, 7.5% and 6.8% of the respondents voted for them. Ethnicity and affinities of a particular political party influenced the responses. For a total of 44 mayors, less than 1% voted, while 14 mayors were not mentioned at all by the respondents.
The poll was conducted via telephone in the period March 17-24 2021, with a national representative sample of 1,003 respondents.