Economy February 21, 2024 | 9:09 am

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Barometer reveals, Dominicans identify economy as primary concern

Santo Domingo.- The Barometer Survey of the Americas, titled “Dominican Republic 2023: Taking the Pulse of Democracy,” presented at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), and sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has unveiled insights into the public sentiment.

In 2023, economic concerns took center stage for one in two Dominicans, marking a shift after 15 years. The report reflects a resurgence of economic worries, surpassing security, other issues, and politics. Despite the Dominican Republic’s economic growth, citizens face challenges like inflation, wage gaps, and insufficient quality employment.

Corruption perceptions also saw an increase, with 62% agreeing that half or all Dominican politicians are corrupt, nearing the regional average. Notably, 55% now believe corruption is equally common in men and women, a shift from prior beliefs.

The report sheds light on negative changes in attitudes towards women in politics, revealing that 41% consider men better political leaders than women. This marks an increase, showcasing a less egalitarian society compared to other countries in the region.

Alarming trends in attitudes toward violence against women are highlighted, with growing acceptance of violence linked to neglecting household chores or infidelity. These findings underscore societal challenges and a lack of gender equality.

Crime victimization rates, at 24%, exceed the regional average, returning to pre-pandemic levels. Men and urban residents report higher victimization rates, indicating specific vulnerabilities.

Civic participation remains relatively high, with 40% expressing confidence in local government. Despite a decline in citizens participating in local spaces organized by the municipality, the Dominican Republic stands out for high levels of involvement in community improvement boards, political party meetings, and general associativism.

The survey, conducted between April 17 and June 3, 2023, reflects the opinions of 1,596 people interviewed face-to-face, employing a multistage probabilistic design. Funded by Vanderbilt University, USAID, and the Inter-American Development Bank, the findings provide valuable insights into the complex socio-political landscape of the Dominican Republic.

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February 21, 2024 3:58 pm

Corruption is in our DNA …