Strong support for EU and NATO in Macedonia ahead of referendum

Ceremony held in Skopje on 31 March 2003 which marked the end of NATO’s peacekeeping mission in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Photo: NATO

SKOPJE – Support for EU membership rose from 72% in March 2017 to 83% in August this year, while support for NATO membership is slightly lower at 77%, show results of a poll by International Republican Institute (IRI). Almost 50% of citizens will vote in favour of the name deal with Greece, while 22% plan to vote against.

Support for entering these organisations under the name Republic of North Macedonia is completely supported by 37% of citizens and somewhat supported by another 20%, poll shows. They believe accession benefits justify the acceptance of the new name, IRI claims.

Nearly 40% of the respondents believe that the country is moving in the right direction, which is a significant improvement compared to last year’s results, when the number was only 15%.

The survey was conducted from June to July on the sample of 1,100 adult citizens with the response rate of 69%. It was supported by United States Agency for International Development.