According to the Global Corruption Barometer launched by Transparency International, Romanians perceive that the state's measures aimed at countering corruption are inefficient. This year's barometer marks an ascending trend correlated to previous researches: in 2008, 59% of the population, compared to 51% in 2007, appreciate that the anti-corruption efforts are inefficient.

At the level of the Union, citizens who offered bribe account for 5% while in Romania, the average is 15%. Romanians' negative perception on the anti-corruption measures increased significantly from 39% in 2007 to 51% in 2007 and 59% in 2008.

Contrary to this tendency, only 14% of the people admitted to have offered bribe in 2008 compared to 20% in 2006 and 33% in 2007. According to Transparency International Romania director Victor Alistar, the apparent contradiction shows a discontent with the way state institutions work.

According to Transparency International representatives, the lack of concrete results in the anti-corruption measures fuels the negative perception of the population on the matter.