Gallup Balkan Monitor: The 2010 findings are out!
Short summary of the main findings:
- In all Western Balkan countries, more than 50% of respondents reported difficulties in being able to manage on their households’ income (from 52% in Croatia to 78% in Serbia). Balkan residents were rather pessimistic regarding the future economic development of their countries.
- Visa-free travel for Montenegrins, Macedonians and Serbs did not automatically translate into higher levels of EU support in these countries. In all Balkan countries, except Croatia, majorities of respondents would vote in favour of their country joining the EU. In most countries, except Serbia, majorities felt that EU citizens wanted their countries to join the EU.
- In Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, respondents were at least three times as likely to disapprove of their countries’ government as to be satisfied. Relative majorities of respondents in Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro were satisfied with their countries’ government. Citizens in the Balkan states, except in Serbia, now feel more represented by politicians/a political party than they did previously. Religion is gaining importance for most ethnic groups in the Western Balkans.
- Majorities in all Balkan states believed that corruption in government and businesses was widespread.
- As in earlier surveys, respondents across the Western Balkans were more prone to see better opportunities abroad than at home.
- Most Balkan citizens did not anticipate another armed conflict in the region (from 62% in Serbia to 88% in Croatia).
The key findings of the 2010 Balkan Monitor survey covering Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia have been summarised in a Summary of Findings 2010 document, which is available for download at www.balkan-monitor.eu.
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