A portrait of the island?
The Journal published in its printed edition yesterday a social study that characterises all the major municipalities of Madeira. The research was commissioned by the Regional Government from the company Aximage, which surveyed the opinion of more than five thousand people.
They survey identified the factors actors that influence the experiences and attitudes of Madeirans, controversially:
– Insularity: The fact that it is an island generates feelings of imprisonment and isolation; The identified gaps in the transport sector substantially condition this perception.
– Dependence: Although it is an Autonomous Region, dependence on the Government of the Republic and the Continent generates feelings of impotence and some subjugation.
– Patriachism: The State assumes a predominant role in society, having a power, domination and influence in all sectors; The influential Government, even with private entities, seems to still play a decisive role.
– Compadrio: The influences / contacts have a primordial weight in the day to day of the Madeirans; The importance of having influential friends assumes some relevance to the achievement and access to various sectors.
Can’t establish exactly who Aximage are – their .pt website is down at the moment.