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EU Rejected by Serb Majority as Poll Shows Putin Well Regarded

  • 51% of Serbs would reject EU membership in a vote; 34% say yes
  • Putin tops list of leaders favored by Serbs as ties remain
A street mural reading "Brother" depicts Vladimir Putin, in Belgrade, Serbia.

A street mural reading "Brother" depicts Vladimir Putin, in Belgrade, Serbia.

Photographer: Oliver Bunic/Bloomberg

A majority of Serbs would reject membership in the European Union, according to poll that showed a continued embrace of Russia and President Vladimir Putin even as the nation seeks to join the bloc. 

As many as 51% would vote against EU membership in a national referendum, while 34% would cast a ballot in favor, according to a June 13-22 survey conducted by Belgrade-based pollster Demostat. Some 11% said they wouldn’t take part in such a vote, while 4% were undecided.