published: 18.02.2013, 19:05 | updated: 18.02.2013 19:34:24
Prague - A half of inhabitants of the Czech Republic were satisfied with the country´s membership of NATO in January, which is a 7 percent year-on-year decrease, according to a poll conducted by the CVVM polling agency and released to CTK today.
The number of undecided people has increased. A quarter of the polled reacted this way.
Another quarter of the polled is not satisfied with NATO membership, the polls shows.
The Czech Republic joined NATO in March 1999.
The share of people who are dissatisfied with NATO membership has decreased by 1 percent since January 2012 when 17 percent of respondents were undecided.
Fifty-five percent of Czechs are of the view that NATO membership guarantees peace and safety in the Czech Republic and according to 70 percent, it increases stability in Europe.
On the contrary, two-fifths of the polled are of the view that the country´s membership of NATO increases the risk of being dragged in an armed conflict, and 23 percent of respondents think it raises tension and uncertainty in Europe.
Over a half of inhabitants or 51 percent are of the view that NATO membership is a certain form of the Czech Republic´s subordination to other powers.
On the contrary, 43 percent of people consider it a guarantee of the Czech Republic´s independence.
Besides, 37 percent of the polled think NATO membership strengthens the country´s position in the world, while 10 percent share the opposite opinion.
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