Prague - Seventy percent of Czechs consider NATO membership right, according to a poll released by the Centre for Transatlantic Relations today, on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the country´s entry into the Alliance.
Ozbrojenci hlídají u vlajky NATO. Znak - symbol - logo Severoatlantické aliance. Ilustrační foto. ČTK-AP
The most accommodating towards NATO are rightist and centre-rightist voters while supporters of Communists (KSCM) are the least positive about the membership.
NATO membership right is supported by more than 80 percent of Civic Democrat (ODS), TOP 09 and Christian Democrat (KDU-CSL) voters. Among Communist voters, 53 percent assess it positively.
Twenty-one percent of respondents said they know the Czech Republic joined NATO in 1999.
Alexandr Vondra, the centre´s director and former defence minister, was satisfied with this result. "After all, it is not that bad," he said.
Seventy-seven percent of Czechs support NATO´s active participation in fighting international terrorism. Fifty-eight percent of them are in favour of Czech soldiers´ deployment in foreign missions.
The poll was conducted on 1031 people in mid-February.