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More than half of respondents polled against NATO bases in Georgia

December 23, 2014, 19:45 UTC+3 TBILISI
A total of 55% of the respondents polled gave a negative answer when asked if they agreed to a possible deployment of NATO bases in Georgia in the foreseeable future
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TBILISI, December 23. /TASS/. More than half of the population of Georgia polled by the Institute for Eurasian Studies pollster in November said they were against the deployment of NATO bases on the territory of Georgia.

A total of 55% of the respondents polled gave a negative answer when asked if they agreed to a possible deployment of NATO bases in Georgia in the foreseeable future. But, 20% of the respondents said "yes" to the NATO bases, and 18% were undecided.

If a plebiscite on Georgia's joining NATO were held a total of 40% of the respondents said they would have voted against Georgia's membership in NATO; but, 32% approved Georgia's membership in NATO; 12% were undecided.

A total of 64% of the respondents said that if Georgia continued a political course for joining NATO Georgia's relations with Russia would worsen, but 8% of the respondents said that the Russo-Georgian relations might improve. 18% said that bilateral relations would remain unchanged.

A total of 29% of the respondents believe that the interests of the United States and NATO coincide with Georgia's interests, but 52% expressed a diametrically opposite opinion.

The presumption that the US is "Georgia friend and ally" was shared by 29% of the respondents polled, while 17% share the opinion that "the US is Georgia's adversary and an undeclared enemy." The overwhelming majority (44%) said "the US was neither Georgia's friend nor enemy, but pursued its own interests".

The poll was conducted in different cities and districts of Georgia in November 2014 during which 1,718 residents of Georgia were interviewed.

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