Residents of Georgia want dialogue with Russia - poll

Over 50 percent of Georgia's residents expect improvements in Georgian-Russian relations after the change of the Georgian Cabinet.

According to a poll conducted by the International Republican Institute (IRI) in Georgia, 52 percent of the respondents believe that Georgian-Russian relations will improve after the Oct. 1 parliamentary elections in Georgia.

Thirty-four percent of the respondents believe Georgian-Russian relations will improve "to a certain degree," IRI said in a report released on Thursday.

Five percent of the respondents do not expect any improvements, 1 percent are skeptical, and eight percent of the respondents were undecided.

Eighty-three percent of the respondents said dialogue with Russia should continue and 11 percent believe it should continue "only to a certain degree." Two percent of the respondents spoke against the negotiations, 2 percent were definitely against the negotiations, and 2 percent were undecided.

Responding to a question about Georgia's membership in NATO, 65 percent of the respondents said they fully support Georgia's accession to NATO and 17 percent said they support it to a certain degree.

Four percent of the respondents said they oppose Georgia's membership in NATO to a certain degree, 5 percent said they are definitely against it, and 9 percent declined to answer that question.

The poll was conducted on the territory of Georgia on Nov. 9-21. It surveyed 1,500 respondents who are old enough to vote.

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