Thursday, January 27, 2005

Survey shows most SCG citizens favour division of Kosovo

Most citizens of Serbia-Montenegro [SCG] are in favour of dividing Kosovo into Serb and ethnic Albanian parts, according to a survey conducted by the Centre for Political Research and Public Opinion of [the Belgrade-based] Social Sciences Institute for the European Movement in Serbia.

The poll shows that 57 per cent of citizens in Serbia and 39 per cent of citizens in Montenegro would like to see Kosovo divided while 19 per cent of citizens in Serbia and 22 per cent in Montenegro oppose the idea.

A total of 48 per cent of citizens in Serbia and 34 per cent in Montenegro believe that Kosovo is lost while 34 per cent of Serbian citizens and 40 per cent of Montenegrin citizens do not believe this to be the case.

Among those respondents who have a party affiliation, sympathisers of the G17 Plus top the list for the division of Kosovo along ethnic lines with 76 per cent, followed by the Democratic Party [DS] with 68 per cent, the Democratic Party of Serbia [DSS] with 65 per cent, the New Serbia [NS] and the SPO [Serbian Renewal Movement] with 59 per cent and the Serbian Radical Party [SRS] with 55 per cent.

Supporters of the Liberal Alliance [LS] in Montenegro are most in favour of the division of Kosovo with 56 per cent, followed by the Democratic Party of Socialists [DPS] with 48 per cent, the People's Party [NS] with 47 per cent, the Serb People's Party [SNS] with 44 per cent and the Socialist People's Party [SNP] with 43 per cent.

The research was carried out between 10 and 21 December in SCG excluding Kosovo. The survey covered 151 randomly-selected communities in 86 municipalities and included 2,023 citizens in Serbia and 1,018 citizens in Montenegro.

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