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According to the latest survey conducted by Damar agency, 77.5% of citizens, regardless of whether they support joining NATO or not, believe that Montenegro will become a member of the alliance.
The survey was conducted in the period 16–20 May 2016 and it shows that there is a continuous increase in the number of those who believe that Montenegro will become a NATO member state.
According to the survey conducted in June 2015, almost two thirds of respondents (63.6%) said that Montenegro would become a member of NATO, whereas the in January 2016, the percentage was 76.3%.
In the same time, public support for Montenegro’s accession to NATO has been stable and it has been above 45% for a long time.
“Currently, Montenegro’s membership in NATO is supported by 46.6% of the population, 38.8% of them are against, whereas 14.6% are undecided”, the NATO Membership Council’s Communication Team said in a statement.
The percentages practically coincide with the attitude of the citizens regarding a referendum on Montenegro’s membership in NATO if it was conducted on Sunday.
“According to Damar, in this case 46.1% of Montenegrins would support the membership, whereas 38.2% of them would be against membership in this alliance. As many as 15.7% would be undecided”, it was stated.
It is interesting that among the citizens who have a position on this matter, 54.7% are for and 45.3% against joining NATO.
“The latest research has shown that citizens understand the relation between integration in NATO and the EU increasingly better, and therefore 58.1% of them believe that membership in NATO could or would accelerate the accession to the EU. If NATO membership would accelerate the EU accession process, then the public support to the membership in the alliance would be 55.3%”, the NATO Communication Team stated.
As many as 44.1% of respondents believe that Montenegro’s membership in NATO guarantees the stability and independence of the country, whereas 36.9% of them have opposite opinion.
A stratified and representative sample of the adult citizens of Montenegro has been used for the survey. Projected sample is 1,100 respondents in 10 Montenegrin municipalities.
Source: Cafe Del Montenegro