Poll Finds Macedonians Nostalgic for Communist Era

A majority of Macedonians believe they lived better during the country’s communist period, a recent survey from a Skopje-based think tank finds.

More than 60 per cent of the respondents strongly agreed that during the communist Yugoslav period they enjoyed greater personal freedoms, the economy was stronger and their living standard was higher.

Only about 20 per cent of those queried disagreed with these statements.

The Centre for Research and Policy Making carried out the poll, which includes responses from 1,094 people.

The survey, which aimed to show the perceptions of the general public in the country, also found that respondents made distinctions between the various ethnic groups in Macedonia.

56 per cent said that their ethnic group has superior qualities, while 33 per cent disagreed with this assertion.

Albanian and Serb interviewees responded most often that their ethnic group was superior, while Macedonians agreed with this assertion less often.

More than half of those surveyed agreed that there are some ethnic groups that can never be integrated into Macedonian society.  Some 30 per cent disagreed.

The poll also looked at various values and beliefs.

Most respondents- 78 percent- strongly oppose gay marriage while 82 per cent are against the legalization of marijuana for personal use.

62 percent said that they find it important for schools to instill religious values in their children, while 28 per cent said they do not want religion in schools.

The survey was conducted this October via phone on a representative sample of the population.