Poll shows 52% against Mladić extraditionSource: FoNet, Danas
BELGRADE -- A new poll commissioned by the ruling Democratic Party shows that as many as 52.2 percent of respondents oppose extraditing Ratko Mladić.
Belgrade's Danas newspaper writes that it had seen the results, which also suggested that Serbians want equally close ties with Russia and the EU.
58.5 percent of those interviewed supported Serbia joining the EU, while 29.8 percent opposed the idea. At the same time, 59.6 percent were in favor of "the closest possible" ties with Russia, while 18.8 said they were against.
Arresting and extraditing Hague war crimes indictee Ratko Mladić is one of the basic conditions for the country's EU integration, but more than half of those who took part in the poll - 52.2 percent - said they opposed it. 29.9 percent said they supported such a move.
Respondents also rated politicians on a scale of one to five, giving Rasim Ljajić 2.75, Boris Tadić 2.71, Dragan Marković 2.69, Ivica Dačić 2.68, Vuk Jeremić 2-67, Tomislav Nikolić 2.63 and Dragan Đilas 2.62 on average.
The lowest rated were Muamer Zukorlić and Dušan Petrović with grades of 1.14 and 1.43 respectively, while Jelena Trivan, Nada Kolundžija, Mlađan Dinkić, Čedomir Jovanović, Mirko Cvetković, Vojislav Šešelj and Bojan Pajtić all did marginally better.
The newspaper concluded in its article that the "rhetoric of drawing red lines over Kosovo has had results", with supporters of almost all political parties, except SPO and LDP, saying that national and state interests must be defended even if that meant Serbia would not join the EU.
According to this, 47.1 percent of those who suport the ruling Democrats (DS) were in favor of "drawing such lines".
The daily also quoted sociologist Stjepan Grdelj who said that it was encouraging that 46 percent of respondents believe that a partition of Kosovo - that would give Serbia the north and "most important monasteries" - would be acceptable.
Grdelj said this meant a consciousness was being created with the citizens that it was unsustainable for Kosovo to remain part of Serbia.
The newspaper did not give any details regarding the number of people who participated or the time when the poll was taken.