Former President Slobodan Milosevic has been regaining popularity in Serbia despite his trial on war crimes charges at a UN court, a survey published on Friday showed.
The survey, conducted by Faktor Plus polling agency, also said that Milosevic -- who was ousted in a massive popular revolt nearly five years ago -- enjoys more popular backing than the current Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica.
"Milosevic is winning back his supporters, that is a growing trend," Vladimir Pejic, head of Faktor Plus, said. "We believe this is the result of general disillusionment and apathy."
According to the research, about 30 percent of Serbia's citizens trust Milosevic, who is trailing nationalist Tomislav Nikolic and the pro-Western president Boris Tadic, who both enjoy backing of about 38 per cent of the citizens.
The research put Milosevic ahead of Kostunica, the current conservative premier who is backed by some 28 per cent of the citizens. Kostunica beat Milosevic in a presidential race in 2000, which later led to the former president's removal from power. Faktor Plus interviewed 1,200 people this month. The margin of error was 2.5 per cent.
Following his ouster in October 2000, Milosevic was extradited to the tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, a year later to face charges of genocide for atrocities committed by the Serb troops in the wars in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo.