Public perceptions of LFMI

In 2011, the LFMI commissioned a public opinion survey with the aim of assessing public awareness of and attitudes towards the Institute. It was conducted by the company Spinter tyrimai on April 26-30, 2011, and involved 1002 respondents from across Lithuania aged between 15 and 74. The survey was conducted through face-to-face interviews.

A similar opinion poll was carried out in 2003. Compared to the earlier survey, the portion of people who knew or had heard of LFMI increased significantly: in 2011, 48 percent of respondents reported that they knew of or had heard of LFMI, compared to only 37 percent in 2003.

More than half (56 percent) of those who know or have heard of LFMI said that they trust LFMI as an independent and professional organization: 7 percent indicated they completely trusted LFMI and 49 percent said they mostly trust LFMI. Compared to other institutions in Lithuania, LFMI ranks very highly in this respect.

The majority of respondents (61 percent) said they read or listened to commentaries by LFMI’s policy analysts when they come across them (14 percent reported a “mostly yes” answer and 47 percent said “yes, sometimes.”)

When asked about their reaction to LFMI’s policy stances, 58 percent of survey participants reported they agree with LFMI’s ideas (3 percent said they “always agree” and 55 percent indicated they “mostly agree.”) Only 21 percent of those polled expressed disagreement with LFMI’s policy positions (18 percent said they “mostly disagree” and 3 percent reported they “always disagree”).

We are grateful to company “Spinter tyrimai” for conducting this survey as a donation.