“A new nationwide poll of Macedonia by the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights in Survey Research reveals increasing levels of optimism and support for joining the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ahead of the September 30 referendum.

The survey indicates that a majority of Macedonians favor resolving the name dispute with Greece. A combined 57 percent ‘completely support’ (37 percent) or ‘somewhat support’ (20 percent) the proposal for Macedonia to join the EU and NATO under the new name ‘Republic of North Macedonia.’ The same proportion (57 percent) believe that the benefits of accession justify the acceptance of the new name. Half of the respondents (49 percent) intend to vote in favor of resolving the name dispute, compared to 22 percent who intend to vote against the proposed change.” (International Republican Institute)