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Majority of Slovaks support EU entry

MORE then three quarters, 77.6 percent, of Slovaks are in favour of Slovakia's entry to the European Union, while 17.5 percent are against it, according to a Focus Agency opinion poll.

According to the survey, conducted between April 4 and 8 on a sample of 1,047 respondents, support for accession came especially from people under 35, secondary school and university graduates, citizens of larger cities, inhabitants of the Bratislava and Nitra regions, and supporters or sympathisers of the ruling coalition parties, the news wire TASR wrote.

By contrast, Slovakia's entry to the EU tends to elicit disapproval from respondents over 55, citizens of municipalities with populations under 2,000, inhabitants of the Trenčín and Banská Bystrica regions, manual workers and pensioners, and voters of the opposition parties the Communist Party and the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia.

Both support for and resistance to EU entry have remained relatively stable over the past three years.

As for the benefits and disadvantages of EU membership, 17.9 percent believe the benefits will prevail, while 28.1 percent claim the opposite. Just under half the respondents, 47.5 percent, said the number of benefits and disadvantages would be about the same.

Slovakia is one of 10 countries that joined the EU on Saturday, May 1.

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