Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Survey: Corruption Is Greece's Worst Problem; Most Greeks See Nothing Wrong Paying Bribes

The Ekathimerini (Greek) website reports today (March 29, 2011) that a third of Greeks believe that corruption is Greece's biggest problem -- even bigger than unemployment in Greece's current dismal economy -- but more than half see nothing wrong in bribing a public servant if they have to, according to a new survey.

The Athens University of Economics and Business found that residents -- both in Attica and in Macedonia -- regarded corruption as Greece's worst problem.

Eight in 10 respondents said they thought of several recent economic scandals -- including the Vatopedi Monastery land swap and the Siemens cash-for-contracts affair -- when they heard the word "corruption." The same proportion said they did not think any of those involved would be punished.

Incredibly, 53 percent said that it would not be morally wrong to pay a bribe to a public official, so they could secure preferential treatment, if there was no other option.

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