Survey puts Georgians’ support for EU, NATO membership at 81, 73 percent

Georgia applied for EU membership in March 2022. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 02 Feb 2023 - 17:22, Tbilisi,Georgia

A new survey released on Thursday by the National Democratic Institute and CRRC Georgia has shown 81 percent of Georgian citizens support the country’s aspirations of joining the European Union, with 73 percent backing NATO integration.

NDI Georgia country director Alan Gillam said the results made it “clear the settled will of the Georgian public is Euro-Atlantic integration” and added support for EU membership “comes in extremely high alongside NATO membership”. 

Image: NDI Georgia.

The organisation noted support for joining the EU was lowest in areas predominantly featuring ethnic minority communities, with supporters of the ruling Georgian Dream Government being “most confident” the country was getting closer to the bloc. 

Run between December 3-20 through face-to-face interviews with a nationwide representative sample of Georgia’s adult population, excluding the occupied territories, the poll involved 2,519 completed interviews, with the average margin of error at 1.6 percent.

Image: NDI Georgia.

Georgia applied for EU membership in March 2022, shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and was granted a European perspective by the European Council in June, along with priorities to address for gaining the bloc’s candidate status.

In his comments last month, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said a majority of the conditions for the candidate status had been met by his Government, and added the remaining priorities required engagement of domestic opposition groups, some of whom have refused to join the work on the conditions.