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For the first time Peruvians consider the effects of corruption in the country worse than crime

Corruption in Peru worse than crime

Survey reveals main problems affecting Peruvians

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Sunflower June 13, 2017

According to INEI’s (Peru’s National Institute of Statistics) latest press release, which is based on the findings of the Governance, Democracy and Transparency Study (November 2016-April 2017), about half of the Peruvian population thinks that corruption affects the country more than crime.

Only in May 2017 the Ombudsman's Office stated that Peru loses about 10 million dollars on a daily basis due to corruption - for decades an obvious and notorious problem In the country that is finally recognized as such, probably partly due to the huge Odebrecht corruption scandal, by an increasing number of Peruvians.

48.1% of those having participated in the Governance, Democracy and Transparency Study which is part of the National Household Survey (ENAHO), stated that corruption is the main problem negatively affecting citizens pushing crime, which topped the list for 4 years, with 44.5% to second place.

Interestingly however that only 2.9% of the participants admitted to having paid bribes or giving gifts or other “donations” to public officials while 93.6% denied having made additional “contributions”.

Other mentioned problems negatively affecting citizens in Peru according to the survey include poverty (19.8%), lack of safety and security (19.1% ), lack of employment (13.4%), poor quality of education (12.2%), lack of credibility and transparency within the government (7.4%), low wages (5.9%), domestic violence (5.4%), and lack of support for the agricultural sector (3.6%).

The survey as well revealed that Reniec, Peru’s National Registry of Identification and Civil Status, is with 58.2% the most trusted authority in the country, followed by the Catholic Church (51.2%) and the Ministry of Education (41.4%), the Armed Forces (32.7%), Radio and Television (28.8%), the Ombudsman Office (24.5%) and the National Office of Electoral Processes (23.9%).

Additionally, 68.1% of those participating in the survey stated that they prefer a democratic government, while 12.6% would rather go for an authoritarian form of governance and 14% stated it wouldn't matter if democratic or authoritarian.

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