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Georgians consider Russia a threat

2012-09-06 14:22

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The majority of Georgian population supports the Government's policy  for integration into the European Union and NATO, considering Russia a real threat to the country. This is evidenced by the results of studies of American National Democratic Institute (NDI).

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In particular, the integration of Georgia into NATO was supported by 62% of the respondents, only 9% were against, 4% refused to answer the question and 25% said they did not know the answer to this question. While 59% believe that relations between Georgia and NATO have not changed in comparison to 2008, 19% said they have improved and 7% noted deterioration.

Georgia's integration into the European Union was supported by 68% of respondents, 5%, voted against, 3% refused to answer the question and 24% did not know the answer to the question. While 57% believe that the relationship between Georgia and the EU have not changed in comparison to 2008, 16% said that they have improved and 4% reported deterioration.

According to the same survey, 48% of respondents called Russia a real threat to Georgia, 30% believe that the threat coming from Russia is exaggerated, and 9% said that Russia was no threat to Georgia. As for the state of relations with Russia, according to 39%, the relationship compared to 2008 have not changed, 5% said they had improved, while 48% said that relations with Russia have deteriorated. 57% of respondents supported the abolition of visa regime for Russian citizens by the Government of Georgia, 13% voted against this decision, 26% did not know the answer to the question, and 4% were against.

Among other issues, the researchers asked the respondents, was the following: The leaders of the coalition "Georgian Dream" offer to postpone the integration of Georgia into NATO in exchange for the return of Russian-occupied territories. 28% of respondents said that they agreed with the proposal, 29% disagreed and 38% did not know the answer to the question, while 5% refused to answer.

An opinion poll, commissioned by NDI, was conducted in Georgia by the Caucasus Research Resource Center in the period from July 31 to August 12. During this period, 2,038 people were interviewed, the IA Regnum reported.

Meanwhile, most Russians consider Georgia unfriendly country to the Russian Federation. This view is shared by 41%. This was reported in the Levada Center data.

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