According to the NDI survey, 69% of the interviewed respondents (out of 48% of people who was aware about the amendment) disagree with the amendments to the Civil Code which grants status of Public Law Entity to all religious unions in Georgia.
During the presentation of the survey results, Director of the NDI’s Georgian office Luis Navarro said only 48% of their respondents knew about the amendments; another 47% was not aware of it at all. 81% of them think consultations with the population were to be held; but 78% of those, who knew about the amendments, think the decision was made in a hurry; 86% think the Georgian Orthodox Church was to be consulted with before introducing amendments to the Code.
The NDI conducted the survey on September 9-12, 2011 and 2 425 people were interviewed throughout Georgia. The survey demonstrates the attitude of respondents about most important issues for the country - democracy, ongoing events and reforms, foreign and internal policy of the government, etc. The Swiss Development Agency funds the NDI’s surveys, which are implemented by the Caucasus Research Resource Center.