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Ahead of the 2021 elections, 60% of Moroccans do not trust political parties

According to the results of a poll conducted in January by the Social and Media Studies (IESM), 60% of Moroccans do not trust political parties while 81.3% say that money influences election results.

The Moroccan Parliament. / DR
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Ahead of Morocco’s 2021 general elections, a survey conducted by the Social and Media Studies Institute revealed this week that two-thirds of Moroccan do not trust political parties.

Data compiled by the survey, carried out between January 23 and 29, 2021, indicates that 60% of respondents say that they do not trust political parties.

Interviewing a total number of 875 individuals, women and men aged 18 and over, the survey shows that, on the other hand, 26.6% of respondents said that they do not trust parties 100%. Only 11% of the respondents said that they trust political parties while 2.6% refused to answer.

Meanwhile, 42.2% of interviewees said that they have a perfect knowledge of the parties, their programs and their orientations. 25.3% of the respondents said that they have an average knowledge of political parties in Morocco. 22.3% say they have no knowledge and no information about some parties and 10.3% others say that they have no idea about political parties in Morocco.

The poll also states that 67% of respondents said they had already voted in the previous elections, while 27.9% had never voted. Almost 4.9% of respondents said that they could not vote because they had not reached the age of 18.

The influence of money on election results

Asked about their ability to vote for a political party based on religion, 84.2% of respondents said that religion is not considered a criterion for choosing a political party. Around 11% of respondents consider this criterion to be decisive for a political party, and 5% of respondents did not specify any position.

As for the relationship between money and politics, 81.3% of respondents lamented that money strongly influences election results, while 16.2% claim that money has a limited effect on results, and 2.5% say that money and privileges no longer affect the results.

The participants in this survey were also questioned about their aspirations for the next elections and the reform priorities within the framework of public policies related to health, education, employment, the fight against vulnerability and poverty, care for young people, improving freedoms, freedom of expression and opinion. 

83% of those questioned pleaded for the improvement of the education sector in all its components, 79% suggested a reform of the health system and 77.6% expressed their hope to see their living conditions improve.

74.7% of respondents plead for the creation of new employment opportunities, 68% for the improvement of the income of Moroccan families, 64% who insisted on the need to improve the climate of public freedoms of expression and opinion and 64% calling for special attention to young people and the development of their creative capacities and skills in various fields.

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