60 Percent of Macedonians Wants to be Part of European Union

Almost 60 per cent and 59.3 per cent by citizens think that Macedonia's membership in the European Union is a good thing, according to a poll conducted by the agency M-Prospect, a questionnaire prepared by the Macedonian Center for European Training (MCET).

When asked about whether they think the EU has an active role in promoting democracy in Macedonia, 39.1 percent said yes, but with a reduction of more than two percent compared to 2015, when the percentage was 41.5 percent. Nearly 60 percent, or 59.9 percent believe that the EU should play a major role in resolving the current political crisis in Macedonia, while 31.1 percent consider that reports Progress realistically reflect the situation in Macedonia.

EU involvement in resolving the political crisis was rated positively by 25 percent, while 36 percent believe that the engagement of the Union is negative. In terms of the Treaty of Przino however, 40.9 percent believe its effect on resolving the crisis is negative, and 18.9 percent believe that the effects of the arrangements are positive.

That the EU is the best alternative for Macedonia believe 39.4 percent of respondents, while 47.4 percent think that Macedonia should seek its own model of development outside the EU. Dust about reasons for delay in European integrations, 37.3 percent believe that Macedonia cannot join the EU because of the name dispute, while 36.5 percent believe that the government uses the name dispute with Greece as an excuse to not implement reforms.

More than 30 per cent and 31.6 per cent said they expect Macedonia to join the EU after more than 20 years, or never, and 18.7 percent believe the country will join the EU in the next five years. If, however, on Sunday hold a referendum on Macedonia's accession to EU would respond positively € 69.44 percent and 20.98 percent said they would be against the entry into the Union.

The survey of M-Prospect is made from 11 May to 24 October on a sample of 1201 respondents, with a margin of error of +/- 2.83 percent.