Detector: Macedonia is going backwards in the implementation of European reforms
The majority of citizens believe that Macedonia is going backwards in the implementation of reforms to achieve European standards. Also, the majority of citizens are aware that the beginning of membership negotiations with the European Union will not solve our domestic problems. This is shown by the results of the survey conducted by the Institute for Political Research for the program Detector on "Sitel".
According to the survey, 42,6% of citizens believe that in the last few years there has been a regression in terms of the reforms needed to achieve European standards, and 15,4% see progress, while 31,6% do not see any changes.
According to the ethnic groups, 53,8 percent of Macedonians believe that there is regression, only 7,7 percent believe that there is progress, and 29,5 percent of Macedonians surveyed do not see any change.
Among ethnic Albanians, 38,7% registered progress in reforms to achieve European standards, while 38,3% do not see progress. Only 8,8 percent of Albanians believe that the country is going backwards in implementing the necessary reforms.
Seen by age groups, the biggest decline is registered by citizens between 40 and 49 years old, and the smallest by the youngest between the ages of 18 and 29.
For the majority of citizens, the start of negotiations with the EU should not be an obstacle to the implementation of reforms. Of those surveyed, 54 percent believe that the reforms can be implemented regardless of whether the country has started negotiations with official Brussels, while 19,4 percent are of the opinion that we must first start negotiations so that the necessary reforms can be implemented.
The majority of citizens believe that the start of the negotiations will not solve the problems that the country has in terms of health, education, judiciary and other areas.
This attitude is shared by 53,7% of those surveyed, while 33,1% believe that these problems will be solved with the start of negotiations.
Macedonians and ethnic Albanians have completely different views on this issue. While 60,3 percent of Macedonians believe that the start of negotiations with the EU will not solve our problems, 51,7 percent of ethnic Albanians are convinced of the opposite.
By age group, there is no big difference in attitudes, although as the age of the respondents grows, so does their conviction that the start of negotiations in the EU will not solve the problems that Macedonia has in education, judiciary, health, etc.
The survey of the Institute for Political Research Skopje was conducted by telephone in the period from May 2 to 6 on a representative sample of 1.112 respondents.