The Russian invasion of Ukraine has convinced the Georgian population that the country will benefit more from closer ties with the European Union and NATO than with Russia, a new survey released on Thursday by the US National Democratic Institute and CRRC Georgia said.
As part of the survey, citizens were asked to rate Georgia's EU membership bid of March 3. To the question whether the application is acceptable for the citizens, the answers were distributed as follows:
• Acceptable - 83%
• Unacceptable - 5%
• Do not know - 11%
The population of Georgia also actively supports NATO membership, with answers to whether membership in the alliance would be acceptable distributed in the following manner:
• Acceptable - 71%
• Unacceptable - 15%
• Do not know - 13%
The released report is based on the results of two telephone surveys conducted in Georgia - excluding the occupied territories. The first survey was done about two weeks before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with the second collected two weeks after the beginning of the conflict. Respondents were selected by simple random sampling and 2,024 completed interviews were conducted, NDI said.
Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili signed the application for European Union membership on behalf of the country on March 3. Oliver Varhelyi, the European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, handed over the European Union membership questionnaire to the Georgian Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili on April 11.