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16 December 2021, 16:54

Poll: Over 55% of Belarusians blame EU, U.S., NATO for migrant crisis on border

MINSK, 16 December (BelTA) - More than 55% of Belarusians believe that the EU, the United States and NATO countries are responsible for the migrant crisis on the border, Sergei Musiyenko, director of the EcooM think tank, told the media as he commented on the results of the opinion poll "Belarus. A Vision of the Future” conducted by the Institute of Sociology at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, BelTA has learned.

"This issue is a hot topic in the society today," said Sergei Musiyenko.

33.8% of the Belarusians blame the governments of the countries from which people flee for the crisis. "This is obvious," Sergei Musiyenko noted.

Citizens also named the EU countries (24.4%), the United States (19%) and NATO (12.6%) among those responsible for the crisis.

In the run-up to the national referendum, the Institute of Sociology at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus jointly with the EcooM think tank conducted the public opinion poll “Belarus. A Vision of the Future”. The survey was carried out from 15 November to 4 December 2021 and polled 10,217 respondents, mainly economically active population. The sampling was multi-stage, stratified (by region and type of settlement), with quotas by sex and age. The study covered all regions of Belarus, Minsk, 52 districts (including 9 districts of the capital city), almost 350 organizations and enterprises in various sectors and of different forms of ownership.

Citizens welcomed the survey and the interest of sociologists in their position and assessments. People perceived the survey as an opportunity to convey their opinion about the current processes and the future of the country. Citizens spoke in favor of conducting more sociological research. During a lively discussion with pollsters, respondents raised issues of water supply, construction of social and leisure infrastructure facilities, quality and accessibility of medical care, and other issues. All requests and complaints were documented and submitted to the local authorities.

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