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IFIMES poll: Majority of citizens support name dispute resolution

IFIMES poll: Majority of citizens support name dispute resolution

Skopje, 6 March 2018 (MIA) - The majority of the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia support the PM Zoran Zaev’s efforts in regard to resolving the name issue with Greece. Sixty-three percent of the respondents of the poll conducted by the International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) in Ljubljana expressed support. Eleven percent did not show support, while twenty-six of the respondents had no opinion.

The public opinion poll was conducted during the period from Feb. 19 to 28 on a representative sample of 988 respondents.

Majority of the citizens consider Greece a friendly country. Asked whether they consider Republic of Greece a friendly country, 41% of the respondents answered positively, 33% negatively, while 26% had no opinion.

Fifty-nine percent of respondents positively assessed the work of Zaev's government, 25% expressed negative assessment and 16% had no opinion.

Fourteen percent of the respondents positively assessed the work of the Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov, 70% expressed it negatively while 16% had no opinion.

Majority of citizens supported the work of the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) led by prosecutor Katica Janeva. Seventy-eight percent supported the work of SPO, 14% did not support it while 8% had no opinion.

Fifty-eight percent of the respondents believed that Zaev should reshuffle cabinet ministers, 24% had negative opinion while 18% had no opinion.

Fifty-seven percent support the adoption of a Law on the Use of Albanian Language, 28% did not support it, while 13% had no opinion.

Sixty-six of the respondents have optimistic views about the future, 24% have negative views, while 10% had no opinion.

The vast majority of the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia (83%) supported the country's EU membership. Six percent did not support, while eleven percent said they had no opinion.

Seventy-one percent of the respondents supported Macedonia’s joining the NATO, eight percent did not support it, while 21 percent had no opinion. sk/10:30

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