Catholic Poll. Majority of respondents want TAP privatized

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Catholic Poll. Majority of respondents want TAP privatized

For 61 percent of those questioned in the survey carried out by the Catholic University for RTP, Antena 1 and Público, the best scenario for the country would be the privatization of TAP. When asked about the performance of different personalities in the management of the airline, no one received a positive average rating from the respondents.

Only 27% of the responses to this survey indicate that it is an advantage for Portugal to have TAP as a public company. 61% think it should be private, and 12% of the answers fall into the “don’t know/no answer” category.
The survey was conducted between February 9 and February 17, 2023. A total of 1002 valid surveys were obtained, with a margin of error of 3.1% and a confidence level of 95%.

When asked to evaluate the performance of different personalities in the management of TAP, on a scale from 0 to 20, the highest score obtained is 7.5, attributed to António Costa, the incumbent Prime Minister. Still, it is far from 10, a value above which the average evaluation would be positive.

The lowest score is given to the management of TAP, 5.6, on a scale of 0 to 20.

The former Minister of Infrastructure, Pedro Nuno Santos, scores slightly better, 6.4, on the same scale. The Minister of Finance, Fernando Medina, scores 7.1.

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The Católica survey broke down these values, and dividing the number of positive evaluations (equal to or greater than 10) by the total number of evaluations, shows that António Costa has 42% positive evaluations, Fernando Medina 38%, Pedro Nuno Santos 29% and the TAP administration 27%.

Fact sheet

This survey was conducted by CESOP – Universidade Católica Portuguesa for RTP, Antena1 and Público between February 9 and 17. The target universe consists of voters living in Portugal. Respondents were randomly selected from a randomly generated list of mobile phone numbers. All interviews were conducted by telephone (CATI). Respondents were informed of the purpose of the study and agreed to participate. A total of 1002 valid responses were obtained, with 46% of respondents being female. Geographical distribution: 29% from the North Region, 20% from the Center, 37% from the A.M. of Lisbon, 7% from the Alentejo, 4% from the Algarve, 2% from Madeira and 2% from the Azores. All the results obtained were then weighted according to the distribution of the population by sex, age group and region, based on the electoral census and INE estimates. The response rate was 26%. The maximum margin of error associated with a sample of 1002 respondents is 3.1%, with a confidence level of 95%.

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