“The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) conducted a public opinion poll from September 6, 2018 to September 18, 2018 consisting of five questions related to the upcoming referendum on September 30, 2018. Respondents were asked to provide information regarding their residence (Diaspora/Republic of Macedonia), gender, age, and ethnicity. Nearly sixty percent (1,025) of the respondents currently reside in the Republic of Macedonia. The respondents were equally distributed according to gender and represented all major ethnicities in the country i.e. Macedonian, Albanian, Vlach, Roma, Turkish and others. The questions and answers were written both in Macedonian and in English.

The results of the UMD poll show an unwavering support of the boycott movement. A key principle in any democratic society is the right of citizens to vote in free and fair elections or to express their political will by other means. The decision whether to exercise the right to vote or to abstain is in itself a declaration of preference. Despite concerted efforts by the Macedonian government to garner support for the agreement though an aggressive media and ground campaign, as well as strong political pressure from foreign governments, our results show that an overwhelming majority of potential voters will abstain (84.6%).”