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64.2 pct of Macedonian citizens back EU accession: poll
Last Updated: 2018-02-12 07:33 | Xinhua
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A poll conducted by the Institute for Political Research-Skopje (IPIS) showed Sunday that 64.2 percent of Macedonian citizens support the country's European Union (EU) accession while 66 percent favor NATO membership.

The IPIS poll was carried out on a sample of 1,113 adults from Macedonia in the period from Dec. 16 to 21 2017.

The poll showed that 18 percent of respondents were against EU accession, while 17.8 percent were undecided.

This means that there has been a slight decline in terms of Macedonia citizens' support to EU accession given that in the 2016 poll, 66.9 percent of Macedonian citizens were in favor of EU accession.

Regarding Macedonia's NATO membership, 15.3 percent are against, while 18.7 percent are undecided. In 2016, 70.7 percent favored the NATO accession, while 21.4 were against.

Considering that Macedonia's progress to the accession to both EU and NATO is conditioned by the solving of name issue with Greece, poll showed that a total of 45.4 percent of respondents believed that relations with Greece would improve in the future.

On the other hand, 15.5 percent of respondent claimed the relations would worsen.

When asked about current relations between Macedonia and Greece, 20.9 percent say they are good, 31.7 percent say somewhat good, 26.3 percent somewhat poor, 14.9 percent poor.

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