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Cypriots hold negative view of UK, UN, positive on EU, Russia and US

The majority of Cypriots feel Greece is the country with the most positive role in settlement talks while the UN comes second from last, according to a poll by state broadcaster Cybc the results of which were announced late Friday.

The poll was the second part of the 29th survey on political culture and voter behaviour carried out by CMRC – Cypronetwork Ltd on behalf of Cybc.

According to the results of the poll, more than seven in 10 said they would vote in the Euro-elections. The majority of respondents said they would vote for Disy – 19 per cent – and 16.5 per cent said they would cast their vote for Akel.

Nine per cent would vote for Diko, 5 per cent for Edek and 4.5 per cent for far-right Elam.  The Greens-Citizens Alliance combination is set to garner 3.5 per cent of votes and Marios Garoyian’s Dipa and the Animal Party 1.0 per cent each. Sener Levent’s Jasmine Movement is slated to get 0.5 per cent.

Almost six in 10, regardless of their preferences, said that Disy would lead the race and 7 per cent said Akel. Almost one in three said they had no opinion on the matter.

On the Cyprus problem, the majority of respondents – 35 per cent – were in favour of a bizonal bicommunal federal (BBF) solution compared with 21 per cent who were against, while 29 per cent said were neither for nor against. Another 15 per cent said they didn’t have an opinion.

In December 2017, when a similar poll was carried out, 33 per cent of respondents said they were in favour of a BBF, 29 per cent against and 22 per cent neither for nor against.

As regards the talks, almost six in 10 said Greece’s role in the negotiations was positive, while the same percentage – 59 per cent – said they believed the UK’s role was a negative one. The EU is the second most trusted body as regards a positive role in the talks, with 42 per cent, followed by Russia – 34 per cent – and the US with 32 per cent.

Only 23 per cent said the role of the UN was positive while 30 per cent said it was negative. Another 10 per cent said the UK’s role was positive.

Almost six in 10 said they held the same opinion of Turkish Cypriots as they’ve always had, and two in 10 said they have a better opinion now, which is at the same level as another poll carried out in April 2016. In that poll, almost seven in 10 respondents said their opinion of Turkish Cypriots was the same as in the past.

There has been an increase however in those who said that their opinion of Turkish Cypriots was worse now than before. While in April 2016, some 8 per cent of respondents said it was worse, the percentage rose to 18 during the current survey.

The majority – 64 per cent – said they had visited the north and 34 per cent said they had not which was around the same levels as of January 2018.

On their personal situation, the majority of respondents – 39 per cent – said their life worsened during the past five years, while 31 per cent said it remained the same and 28 per cent said it improved.

Forty-four per cent said they were optimistic and 39 per cent were pessimistic about their future.

Only 14 per cent said they were having a financially comfortable life compared to 41 per cent who said they are getting by fine while 28 per cent said they were having difficulties. Another 17 per cent said they were getting by with great difficulty.

On EU matters, 58 per cent said Cyprus has benefited from its EU membership but half of the respondents said the country did not benefit from having the euro. On whether they would have preferred for Cyprus to return to its previous currency, the pound, 46 per cent said things would be worse if that happened, while 28 per cent said things would probably be better. Another 14 per cent said things would remain the same.

The majority – 56 per cent – said Brexit would not be good for Cyprus, one in five said it would neither benefit nor negatively affect the island, 17 per cent did not have an opinion and 7 per cent said it would benefit Cyprus.

Almost half of the respondents said that Cyprus’ position in the world remained the same compared with a year ago while almost one third said it has become more powerful and 19 per cent said it was weaker.

In total 1,400 people 18 and over with the right to vote participated in the poll. The error margin was calculated at +/- 2.6 per cent.

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