The support for Macedonia’s membership in the EU is still large and unchanged compared with March 2014. However, the factor “name change” of the state in a significant proportion of the population is influential in their support for the European integration process, shows the new field survey for the integration of Macedonia into the EU, which was developed by the Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis“.
According to the survey, the majority of citizens support EU accession without concessions to the name of the country (58.8 percent), while nearly a quarter support entry even with concessions for the name (23.8 percent). A small part does not support Macedonia’s membership in the EU (13.6 percent).
Most of the respondents think that Macedonia had some or no advancement at all (total 57.3 percent) in the EU integration, and the majority of citizens believe that Macedonia is not ready for EU membership. This view is widely spoken among young people between 18 and 29 years. Compared with 2014, this year has seen a rise in the opinion that the main reason why Macedonia is not yet part of the EU is the failure to achieve domestic reforms.
The poll was conducted within the project “Civil Network for the prevention of conflict of interests in the public administration”.