The Referendum in Macedonia is planned to be held on 30 September 2018. The question included in the referendum is as follows: Do you support EU and NATO membership by accepting the deal between Macedonia and Greece?". It is related to the 27-year long dispute between Macedonia and Greece over the former name and follows an agreement with Greece on the issue which has prevented the accession of Macedonia to the European Union and NATO.
According to Telma’s survey, the majority of respondents (41.5%) would accept the agreement, whereas 35.1% would vote against.
When asked about the attendance in the referendum, 66.4% of respondents declare that they are going to vote, 19.8% want to boycott the referendum, and 12.4% of the respondents cannot determine.
The ethnical analysis of responses shows that the Albanian majority would like to vote for the agreement (88%), whereas among the Macedonians such support is less popular (27.4%). Most of Macedonians would like to vote against the change of the name (45.2%), among Albanians only 2.2%
Young and educated people are the vast majority of respondents that are in favour of the agreement (48.2%). 73% of respondents were informed about the agreement from the media. For 48.3% of respondents, the referendum question is clear, but for 44.8% it is not understandable.
The survey was conducted by telephone. 1,026 respondents were tested from 24th of July to 1st of August.
Sources: Telma, Anketa, SonjaNikolovska, availableat:https://telma.com.mk/anketa-41-5-ke-glasaat-za-35-1-protiv/ (accessed: 7.08.2018)
Zuzanna Halina Sielska