Poll: For most, economy is more important than politics, but they oppose sanctions against Russia
Most citizens oppose sacrificing economic progress for political interests, although high percentage of respondents are against recognizing Kosovo’s independence or imposing sanctions on Russia.
This was demonstrated by a public opinion poll on Serbia’s national interests, conducted by professors of the Faculty of Political Science (FPN).
Professor of FPN Milos Krnjez said that only five percent of the surveyed citizens believed that the preservation of Kosovo and Metohija within Serbia „is not an important national interest at all“, while 85 percent said that it was „an important or very important national interest“.
He said that at the same time, 59% of respondents said they were not ready to jeopardize economic interests for political ones, while 24% said they were ready for that.
Krnjez pointed out that the proposals that implied the recognition of Kosovo’s independence were supported by 14 to 20 percent of the respondents, a solution that would imply the formation of the Community of Serb Municipalities in exchange for Kosovo’s membership in the UN was supported by 19 percent of the respondents, while 49 percent stated that they opposed that kind of compromise.
Professor of FPN Milan Krstic said that when asked which national interests were the most important to them, 47 percent of respondents stated that these were economic interests and 23 percent cited political interests.“An absolute majority opposes sacrificing economic progress for political interests,“ Krstic said.