Supporters of Lithuania's EU membership are on increase

  • 2000-07-27
VILNIUS (BNS) - Over 40 per cent of Lithuanian citizens would vote in support of the European Union membership if a referendum were held today. The most recent public opinion survey shows that 41.8 percent would vote in support of the EU membership, 25.4 percent would vote against, 11.4 percent would not vote at all, and 21.4 per cent had no opinion.

Last April, 35.7 percent of respondents said they would vote for EU membership and 32.7 percent would vote against. Lithuanian laws stipulate that more than 50 percent of the country's electorate must support the referendum question to regard it as approved. Exactly 19.8 percent of those polled said they would like Lithuania to join the EU as soon as possible, while13.7 percent said "never."