Almost four out of ten Greeks consider the Prespa Agreement unfavorable

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Four out of ten Greeks (43 percent) have a neutral opinion of North Macedonia, 37,5 have a negative opinion, and only 18 percent have a positive opinion; the opinion on the support of the EU perspective of the country is almost divided, and the Prespa Agreement for 38,5 percent of the respondents is harmful, according to the results of the public opinion survey of the Greek Foundation for Foreign Policy ELIAMEP, in cooperation with the Thessaloniki University of Macedonia and the Konrad Foundation Adenauer, the MIA correspondent from Athens reported.

The survey, conducted in the second half of April, is about the Greek public opinion on the relations between Greece and Albania, but it also includes questions that refer to other countries in the region, including ours, and the results are analyzed by MIA.

To the question "What is your opinion about...", the respondents were offered Turkey, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Albania, Serbia and Israel and the opportunity to answer whether they have a positive, negative or neutral opinion.

The positive opinion is the highest for Serbia, 60 percent, and the negative attitude is the highest for Turkey, 65 percent.

For our country, as well as for Albania, the neutral opinion prevails.

If a comparison is made with the previous survey five years ago on the same issue and specifically for North Macedonia, the results then were slightly worse, considering that 40,5 percent had a negative opinion (now it is 37,5 percent), the neutral attitude was the same so 40,5 percent (now 43 percent), and the positive opinion increased by one percent from 17 percent in 2019 to 18 percent now.

In terms of the European perspective of the region, the support is the greatest for Serbia, the least for Turkey.

To the question "Would you personally support the candidacy of the following countries to become members of the European Union...", for North Macedonia, 52,5 percent answered "no", 45 percent gave a positive answer, and the remaining 2,5 percent refused to answer .

Regarding the Prespa Agreement, according to ELIAMEP's analysis of the results, "the survey shows a clear deterioration of attitudes, with the percentage of positive and somewhat positive attitudes decreasing to 28,5 percent in 2024, from 35,5 percent in 2019" and they note that "the research was conducted before the elections in North Macedonia and the statements of the newly elected president and the future prime minister of the country".

More specifically, to the question "How useful was the Prespa Agreement for Greece?", 38,5 percent answered negatively, i.e. 22 percent said "very harmful", and 16,5 percent said "somewhat harmful", and "neither useful nor harmful" as answer was chosen by three out of ten respondents, while three percent refused to answer.

The remaining 28,5 percent consider the Agreement to be "somewhat useful" (19 percent) and "very useful" (9,5 percent).

The research of the Foundation for European and Foreign Policy ELIAMEP - South East Europe Program, in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation - Office for Greece and Cyprus and the Public Opinion and Market Research Unit of the Research Institute of the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, was conducted by April 15 to 21, 2024 with 1.165 people randomly selected.

The scientific coordinators of the research were Ioannis Armakolas, associate professor at the University of Macedonia and senior research associate and head of the Southeast Europe Program of ELIAMEP, and Giorgos Siakas, assistant professor at Democritus University of Thrace and research director of the Public Opinion and Market Research Unit of The University of Macedonia.

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