BETA: Serbian Citizens Dissatisfied with Ethnic Relations


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Subject: BETA: Serbian Citizens Dissatisfied with Ethnic Relations

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BETA: Serbian Citizens Dissatisfied with Ethnic Relations


BETA DAILY NEWS
January 11
 
SERBIAN CITIZENS DISSATISFIED WITH ETHNIC RELATIONS. The associate of
the Institute for Social Sciences, Zoran Lutovac, has said that a
latest public opinion poll had shown that the Serbian citizens are
dissatisfied with the existing ethnic relations in the country.
 
In an interview to the Jan. 10 issue of the Belgrade daily Glas
Javnosti, Lutovac blamed the authorities for such a state of affairs,
saying that it was due to their "political campaigns that were largely
based on nationalism," years of isolation, imposed nationalism and
"excessive" patriotism.

Lutovac also said that according to the poll conducted by the
institute, the Muslims in Serbia (75 percent of the polled) and the
Hungarians (69 percent of the polled) are highly dissatisfied with the
existing ethnic relations. He added that those who declared themselves
as Yugoslavs also expressed a certain degree of dissatisfaction.
 
Only the supporters of the Socialist Party of Serbia (47 percent of
the polled), and the Serbian Radical Party (39 percent of the polled)
were satisfied with the ethnic relations as they are.
 
Supporters of the Alliance for Change (84 percent of the polled), the
Serbian Renewal Movement (71 percent), the Democratic Party of Serbia
(63 percent), and of other democratic and minority parties expressed
deep dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs in the area of
ethnic relations.
 
According to a poll the institute conducted in Serbia, without Kosovo,
last December (on a sample of 2,039 people), only among the supporters
of the Socialist Party of Serbia there were more persons satisfied
than dissatisfied with the existing ethnic relations, while one half
of the polled Radical party supporters expressed dissatisfaction.
 
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