Poll: Bulgarians feel solidarity with Macedonia, the Western Balkans like Bulgaria16 May 2018 | 15:29 | FOCUS News Agency
Some 70% of Bulgarians have heard about the current negotiations Macedonia is conducting with Greece over its name. Bulgarians do not mind even if the name of the Republic of Macedonia remain as it is – 54% of the people who heard about the name dispute would accept this option, while only 19% would not. Obviously, public attitudes in Bulgaria correspond with the official Bulgarian position (expressed recently by Minister Zacharieva) – which has always been one of support of Macedonia under its constitutional name along with non-interference in the dispute between Athens and Skopje, promotion of the dialogue between the two countries and not allowing any territorial claims in a possible new name.
A majority of 58% of those familiar with the debate feel rather solidarity with the people of Macedonia and only 15% take Greece’ side in the dispute. The question is experimental and seeks to capture the most common instincts and sympathies.
The attitude of the Western Balkan societies towards us
Gallup International has recently looked into the attitude of the Western Balkans towards us and the European Union – the attitude towards Bulgaria is visibly good in all the countries surveyed, and the EU is seen as a potential for successful personal prospects. Recent developments have also had a positive impact.
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