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Survey: 41% of Armenian population campaign for European integration  

Survey: 41% of Armenian population campaign for European integration  

ArmInfo. According to the findings of the joint public opinion poll conducted by the Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Vanadzor Office (HCAV) and APR Group, 78.8% of the respondents consider France to be the friendliest country for  Armenia. The following countries rank next: Russia (61.1%), Germany  (53.8%), Greece (48.9%), and China (44.8%).  

The respondents also named the foes of Armenia. Azerbaijan tops that  list (96.6%), with Turkey ranking next (91.3%).

When asked what integration project Armenia should join, 41% of the  respondents named the European Union, 25% - the Eurasian Economic  Union, 6% are both for the EU and for the EEU, and 9% are against the  republic's participation in any of the specified structures. 

"If we compare these findings with the results of the surveys  conducted in 2014 and 2015, we see that at that time, 25% and 24% of  the respondents respectively campaigned for joining the EU; 38% and  36% - for the EEU, 12% and 13% - for both the EU and the EEU; and 10%  and 8% came out against any integration.  The current findings  demonstrate that the citizens' position has undergone serious changes  and when choosing between the EU and the EEU they give their  preference to the EU," says HCAV's press release sent to ArmInfo. 

"It is noteworthy that 39.3% of the respondents who consider Russia  to be a friendly country give their preference to European  integration and only 29.7% of them come out for the EEU," the survey  says. 

At the same time, 72% of the respondents think that Armenia's  condition is deteriorating with every passing day. 42% of the  respondents said that they would unambiguously leave Armenia if they  had such an opportunity. 17% more respondents pointed out that they  would probably leave the republic. The number of those wishing to  leave the country has also increased. 

The survey was conducted in August 2016 by the CAPI method, with  1,200 respondents interviewed. The findings of the survey have also  been compared with the results of the public opinion polls conducted  in 2014 and 2015. 

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