Corruption surpasses unemployment as Costa Rica’s main problem

San José, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) Costa Ricans consider corruption to be Costa Rica’s main problem, surpassing unemployment, according to the most recent survey by the Center for Research and Political Studies of the University of Costa Rica (CIEP-UCR).

The CIEP-UCR interviewed, via cell phone, 900 people of legal age between the 17th and 19th of this month, with a margin of error of +/- three percent.

From those consulted (27 percent) estimated corruption as the first problem, followed by unemployment (20 percent), cost of living and economic situation (17), government mismanagement (11) and poverty (5.8). Of all above, 4.7 percent mentioned the Covid-19 pandemic, whose indicators have improved but the threat of a new wave persists. For the CIEP-UCR investigators, the cases of alleged corruption that point to state and municipal officials, including six mayors, have caused more than 50 percent of the population to have worse opinions about local governments and construction companies.

Likewise, 40 percent of those interviewed now have a worse opinion than before about the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and political parties in general.

Among the conclusions of the survey, it stands out that popular concern is not limited to the possibility of theft or misuse of public funds, but also the danger that organized crime interests sneak into public institutions, as is suspected in one of the cases.

This case would be the so-called Azteca, a police file on an apparent group of drug traffickers who formed companies to participate as providers of construction services in Aqueducts and Sewers.

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