Text of unattributed report entitled "Kosovo formally in Serbia" published by the Serbian newspaper Blic on 11 May
What do the citizens of Serbia think about whether Kosovo will stay part of Serbia-Montenegro, what is the best solution for the Kosovo problem, and how many of our fellow citizens have ever visited Kosovo? These questions were part of a public opinion survey conducted in the period between 28 April and 6 May by Blic in cooperation with the Belgrade Centre for Marketing Research's Marten Board International, www.marten-board.co.yu , a licensed partner of the British Market Research Bureau from London. The survey was conducted on a random stratified sample of 596 respondents, urban adult citizens of Serbia.
The majority of the respondents, or more precisely, 38.6 per cent, said they believed Kosovo and Metohija would only formally remain an integral part of the Republic of Serbia, while 33.8 per cent said they thought Kosovo and Metohija would secede from Serbia. Slightly less than a quarter of the queried citizens (23.4 per cent) said they believed Kosovo and Metohija would formally and factually remain an integral part of Serbia.
Asked whether they had ever visited Kosovo in a private capacity, only 11.2 per cent said yes, while 88.2 per cent said no.
Asked what the best solution was for the status of Kosovo, 41.8 per cent said autonomous province as part of Serbia, 24.6 per cent said republic as part of Serbia-Montenegro, 10.3 per cent said division of Kosovo between Serbs and Albanians, 4.5 per cent said independent state of Kosovo, 4.8 per cent said protectorate of western powers in Kosovo, and 13.1 per cent said they did not know.
Asked whether our government officials should speak out in favour of Kosovo's secession, 90.2 per cent said no, 1.2 per cent said yes, 3.1 per cent said they did not know, and 11.2 per cent could not decide.
Source: Blic, Belgrade, in Serbian 11 May 05 pp 4, 5