05 Mar

Armenian election attitudes

There was an election in Armenia, you may have heard.

The Caucasus Barometer asked people in November 2012 a number of questions, including some feelings about government and voting.

(Here’s some 2010 analysis on elections for comparison.)

Most Armenians voted in the last election.


And people weren’t sure if it was fair.


And most Armenians said that they’d vote in the presidential election.



What do Armenians think is the biggest problem? Mostly unemployment.


And trust in institutions, where there is low trust in political parties and the court system.


Fairness is an issue, as most Armenians don’t think that their government treats citizens fairly.


And what about protests? Most Armenians think that people should be allowed to protest against the government.


23 Feb

#armvote13 -> #barevolution

So now that some real stuff is happening in Armenia, we have a new hashtag! #barevolution or Բարեւոլյուշըն in Armenian – so this is a play on words. Raffi say “Barev, Hayastan” to the crowd – meaning “Hello, Armenia.” Moreover, the word “arev” means sun.

I’m not really sure if this has totally caught on as a hashtag yet, but it might.

So there is a cute logo for this.


But this makes hashtag analysis a bit more difficult. While Eastern Armenians (those in the Republic of Armenia) would say Barev, Western Armenians would say Parev. And the way that “ev” is spelled is different.

So, here are the hashtag analyses for Feb 23, 10am Yerevan time.

#armvote13 – will post later



Anything containing “barev”