Over a half of Georgians polled by the Eurasian Institute have opposed the involvement of Georgian military contingents in NATO and U.S. operations and possible deployment of U.S. military bases on Georgian territory.
Eurasian Institute head Gulbaat Rtskhiladze told a press briefing in Tbilisi that they had polled 1,718 people.
"Sixty-two percent of respondents objected to the participation of Georgian military contingents in NATO and U.S. operations and 55 percent said they were against the possible deployment of U.S. bases on the Georgian territory," he said.
"For methodological considerations, we have avoided the areas populated by ethnic minorities, predominantly Azeri Kvemo Kartli and predominantly Armenian Javakheti. We mostly polled ethnic Georgians," Rtskhiladze said.
The institute polled 482 respondents in Tbilisi, 262 in Gori, 296 in Batumi, 151 in Zugdidi, 100 in villages of the Zugdidi district, 48 in the Mtskheta district, 73 in the Dusheti district, 160 in the Sagaredzho, and 146 displaced persons from the Georgian-Ossetian conflict zone who live in the Mtskheta district.
"If anyone has doubts and our arguments do not look convincing, we would recommend these organizations to carry out a joint poll regarding the same issue," Rtskhiladze said.
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