A public opinion survey conducted by the Non-Governmental Institute for European Affairs in cooperation with Ninamedia showed that just over 2/3 of the survey respondents (68%) would like to see a lasting peace with the Albanians, 12% would be against it and 20% have no opinion about it.
The survey also showed that just over 1/4 of the respondents (26%) believe that the current government led by the Serbian Progressive Party will recognise Kosovo as an independent state, just over half (52%) believe that it will not, while just over 1/5 of the respondents (22%) don’t have a comment on the issue.
The research was conducted in March 2021 and 1,207 people took part. The survey topics included the status of Kosovo, the Serbian government’s plan regarding Kosovo, as well as the attitude towards Kosovo’s independence.
According to the same survey, 39% of citizens believe that Kosovo no longer belongs to Serbia, 46% are of the opinion that it can come under Serbian jurisdiction again, while 15% of respondents are undecided.
If a referendum on Kosovo’s independence were to take place tomorrow, the largest number of respondents would vote against it, i.e. 64.9% of them, 13.6% would not go to the polls, 12% would not know what to vote for, while almost 10% would vote for it.
Three quarters of citizens (75%) would not support Kosovo’s independence for a faster entry of Serbia into the European Union, while 13% would support the idea and 12% were undecided.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti are due to meet today for the first time in Brussels as part of the dialogue on the normalisation of relations under the auspices of the European Union (EU).
(Radio Free Europe, 14.06.2021)
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