Exacta poll: Most Bulgarians continue to back membership of EU, Nato

About 71 per cent of Bulgarians support the country’s membership of the European Union while 22 per cent are opposed, according to a poll by the Exacta Research Group, the results of which were released on December 19.

Support for Bulgaria’s EU membership is highest among educated people younger than 50, residents of cities and those who vote for Democratic Bulgaria, GERB, We Continue the Change (WCC) and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF), according to the poll.

Those who oppose the country’s membership of the EU are most often found among those who vote for Vuzrazhdane and the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP).

About 57 per cent of Bulgarians approve of the country’s membership of Nato, while 31 per cent are opposed.

Supporters of Bulgaria’s Nato membership include people younger than 60, educated and better-off Bulgarians, and those who vote for Democratic Bulgaria, GERB and WCC. Those opposed are those who vote for Vuzrazhdane and the BSP.

Exacta said that approval among Bulgarians for the country’s EU membership has remained constantly around 71 to 73 per cent over the past three years, while disapproval has increased slightly, by two per cent.

Approval of Bulgaria’s membership of Nato has remained unchanged over the past three years, while disapproval was up by four per cent compared with December 2019.

As to support for political parties should elections be held today, GERB-UDF had 25.2 per cent, WCC 19 per cent, the MRF 11.5 per cent, the BSP 10.2 per cent, Vuzrazhdane 8.9 per cent, Democratic Bulgaria 7.4 per cent and Stefan Yanev’s Bulgaria Ascending 5.2 per cent.

No other political party was above the four per cent threshold for a share of seats in the National Assembly.

Exacta said that 27 per cent of those polled said that the blame for the lack of an elected government and for Bulgaria’s frequent national elections in the past year and a half lay with all of the country’s politicians, and with the MPs, who showed no responsibility towards people’s problems.

A third of those polled said that people did not go to vote because they were disappointed, distrustful and tired of elections.

(Photo: Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

The Exacta Research Group poll was done between December 5 and 12 as part of a regular series of poll. Interviews were done face-to-face, of 1050 adult Bulgarians in 70 places across the country.  A stratified two-stage sample with a quota according to basic socio-demographic parameters was used. Exacta used its own funds to pay for the poll.

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