Yesterday the biggest lithuanian online news portal ‘Delfi‘ published the article called ‘40% of lithuanian citizens decided to vote in the elections to the Europarliament’. The number of percent was based on the survey in which 1006 people had participated.
I won’t discuss whether those 40% are few or much. Comments on the article - that’s what I’m going to aim at. ‘Delfi’ is notorious because of the commentators who immediately critisize every piece of news. Here’s how some of these internet junkies reacted to the particular Europarliament issue (I’ve translated their words in English):
‘I’ve heard that Lithuanian MEPs are working on their own accounts. They draw fairylike salaries because of doing nothing’ ~ visiškas melas
‘Elections to Europarl? Are You kidding? Do we need to vote for bastards who don’t respect us?’ ~ vilnietis
‘I would be a complete fool if I tried to vote in these elections. I could only go if I wanted to shred the bulletin’ ~ Kenas
‘Don’t make me laugh with those surveys. They would be happy if at least 1/3 of voters would come.’ ~ 40 procentu :)))))
‘What’s the point to vote? Do we know what Sakalas, Didžiokas etc (Lithuanian MEPs) were doing in Europarl all these years?’ ~ kas vyksta
‘There were no surveys. The article tries to befool us. By the way, MEPs haven’t done anything to our country. They just ate and sh*t. We don’t need such people’ ~ Vincas
‘How can 40% of voters say that they will vote, if another survey shows that only 15% of voters KNOW what the Eruopean Parliament is?’ ~ nu geras
‘We are ordinary people, who grew up in Soviet Union times. We don’t need democracy, we don’t need Europarl. Give us potatoes.’ ~
‘I don’t understand these elections at all…’ ~ das
‘Lithuanian MEPs, for European Union you are NOTHING!’ ~ Niekas
‘European Union needs us to brush crumbs after their stodgy dinner’ ~ MES
Ok, that’s enough. I guess I’ve already proven you that Lithuanian people do not seem optimistic when they say a word about the elections to the EP. And you may think, I intentionally ignored all the affirmative comments. But mark up this: 121 out of 139 comments were negative. That explains a lot.
Of course, Delfi commentators are not the ones who speak in the name of all the lithuanians. But dare I say that they represent our citizens opinion better than official surveys. Sad but true.