The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which reported on the investigation conducted by Vilmorus on December 10-18 on Tuesday evening, mainly emphasized the positive things. And the issue of China, which has been the subject of much debate recently, is only succinctly mentioned at the end of the report.
“13 percent. evaluates Lithuania’s value policy towards China very positively and positively, the majority (60%) evaluate this policy negatively, ”the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a survey conducted by Vilmorus.
More specifically, the value policy of Lithuania towards China is assessed very positively by only one percent of people, positively – by 12 percent. 39 percent. 21% of respondents said they were negative and 21% – very negative.
30% answered positively to the question “do you agree with the foreign policy of Lithuania formed and implemented by the authorities”, 47% did not agree with it. respondents.
Interestingly, in a poll conducted just a year ago, 61 percent supported foreign policy. respondents, so the circle of supporters shrank in half during the year.
Mr Paluck: Not a case to ignore
Gintautas Paluckas, the elder of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party faction in the Seimas, agreed that public distrust in foreign policy is a huge problem.
“Go as you please, people’s opinions matter,” Delfi said.
According to the politician, despite various explanations, people evaluate decisions based on how it affects their lives.
“Some are directly affected – after all, businesses are not falling from the sky. That sense of uncertainty, which was created by the irresponsible steps of foreign policy, has affected a great many people, either directly or emotionally, ”he said.
Mr Paluck pointed out that confidence in foreign policy had halved over the year, a spectacular fall, showing that people were generally frustrated with the government’s ability to agree, agree and move in the same direction that politicians had previously been able to do.
The parliamentarian emphasized that political leadership and explanations that “we know what we are doing” are needed when, for example, the interests of a weaker section of society need to be defended.
“It simply came to our notice then. Here is the failure to reflect the national interest of the country in its actions, to ignore it. And it cannot be ignored, because in foreign affairs we speak on behalf of the country. To act contrary to the prevailing opinion in the country is unfair and immoral. Let us not take stupid, unweighted steps that are detrimental to the country. No one is doing this, there is no country that would do so strangely. “It is necessary to pay attention here, this is not the case when it can be said that people do not understand anything,” he said.
Ms Linge: We should go plus in the future
Mindaugas Lingė, a member of the Conservative Seimas, saw the results of the poll as positive – foreign policy is becoming interesting for people.
“Assessing the stance on the situation in China or Taiwan, we can see a variety of mood swings in the short term, but in the long run we should come up with a very clear and solid plus with a consistent, strong, clear policy,” he said.
Ms Lingė emphasized that where democracy and autocracy meet, there should be no choice of a flattering policy, as this would be a defeat for the whole country.
He said that in order for people to understand government decisions in the future, a consistent explanation to the public is needed: “The more you communicate and remind yourself of the actions, the more important it is to know why we are doing it.”
Suspicions arose as to what determined Nausėda’s opinion
The Conservative has questioned whether President Gitanas Nausėda was introduced to the survey commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and if so, when.
The politician argued that if the president saw the results of a December poll before an interview with Knowledge Radio on Jan. 4, perhaps his opinion that the opening of the Taiwanese office under that name was a mistake could have been the result of the poll.
“If it has inspired him to radically change his attitude, it is first and foremost a serious sign that a momentary mood swing could radically change our direction, our attitude and the foreign policy in which we need to remain as strong as possible,” he said.
V. Šmaižytė-Kuliešienė, a spokeswoman for the Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis, could not say on Wednesday whether the President had been introduced to this poll.
Mr Lingė explained that by 2020, about two hundred public figures and politicians from various parties had approached Mr Nausėda to strengthen political ties with Taiwan.
“Those initiatives have matured consistently, and they have been motivated,” he said.
Conservative MP Justas Džiugelis, commenting that the majority of the population does not support China’s policy, wrote on Facebook on Wednesday that he was disappointed that cheap spam from AliExpress was more important than the interests of a friendly, courageous and promising country.
“It reminds me of the history of Grigeo, where the latter has been polluting the lagoon for all of us for many years, but the toilet paper they produce is being swept off the shelves because it’s four layers and soft,” he said.
G. Surplys: Similar to a certain diagnosis
Giedrius Surplys, a “peasant” who works in the Foreign Affairs Committee, is convinced that the results of the survey are a strong signal to the rulers that their stubbornness and constant assertion that everything is good and that they know best what is not echoed in society.
It seems paradoxical to him that those who speak of a valuable foreign policy, a democracy in the world, themselves conduct foreign policy in a truly non-democratic way.
“Several people decide not to consult anyone or imitate that meeting, saying everyone here agrees on everything,” Surplys said.
A spokesman for the opposition said it was to be hoped that those in power would hear not only the voice of the business ringing the alarm bells, but also the voice of the public.
“A few people in Lithuania let themselves know the answers to all the questions and even when the public clearly expresses their dissatisfaction, they say that they have to wait and everyone will understand everything. It’s like a diagnosis for me here, “he explained.
Representative of the Minister: The survey will definitely be appreciated
V.Šmaižytė-Kuliešienė told Delfi on Wednesday that an overview of the survey was provided to the public in a distributed report, and such surveys are conducted every year.
According to G.Landsbergis’ representative, surveys are one of the important tools on which the work is based.
“It simply came to our notice then. “I would not say that it is the main instrument,” she assured him.
Vladas Gaidys, the head of Vilmorus, has no criticism from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the way the survey results were published, although the results that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not like were not emphasized.
V. Gaidys Delfi stated that it is a matter of taste how to publish the answers of the respondents – whether to separate “strongly disagreed” and “disagreed”, or to combine these answers into one and publish the overall result.
“Due to China, the assessment of the Lithuanian population is unfavorable and they have objectively published it,” V. Gaidys emphasized.
According to the sociologist, it is certainly not necessary to take into account the results of the survey, but it is necessary to know the mood of the population.
“If the results of all the polls were taken into account, there would be many more death sentences with us,” he stressed.
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