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More than 70% of Greeks say NO to “Macedonia” in FYROM’s compound name

The overwhelming majority of Greeks opposes the use of term “Macedonia” in the new name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. In a public opinion poll published Sunday morning, that is just a few hours before the Macedonia protest in Athens,

  • 71.5% of respondent said they do not agree with the use.
  • 22.5% said “Yes”
  • 6% did not answer.



In the poll conducted by the University of Maedonia (PAMAK) for  Research Institute ELIAMEP,

  • 56% said “Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is moving in the wrong direction” on the issue, while 26.5% said he is moving in the right direction.

54% considers the handling of  the issue by the leader of main opposition party, conservative New Democracy as “wrong.” 21.5% consider it “right.”

47% of respondents consider the handling by Foreign Minister, Nikos Kotzias, as “wrong” and 26% as “right.”

51% consider the handling of the issue by junior coalition partner, nationalist Panos Kammenos as “wrong” and 26.5% as “right.

Finally, 41% considers as “negative” the attitude of  the leader of the Church of Greece, Archbishop Ieronymos,  and 34.5% as “positive.” The Church of Greece took a clear position in favor of the Macedonia-protest urging the people to join the rally. The Church will send representatives who will address the protesters.

Media do not give more details on the poll, however I suppose, it was conducted just a couple of days ago. Despite the heated debate on the name dispute in recent days, it is interesting that before the first Macedonia-protest on 21. January, it was more Greeks who opposed the term in FYROM’s new name.

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