In the autumn of 2020, the European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) commissioned Ipsos Strategic Marketing to conduct a survey among residents in all six Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia) on a number of topics, ranging from EU integration, elections, civic engagement and conspiracy theories. The opinion poll was conducted on a nationally representative sample consisting of a minimum of 1000 respondents aged 18+, by means of telephone and online interviews.

In the interest of promoting independent research, knowledge-sharing and a better understanding of public opinion in the region, the EFB has decided to share the complete results of the survey with the public, so as to encourage researchers, civil society and governments to use the data. Perhaps this might contribute to improved policy making and understanding of the public mood in these difficult times. 

Unfortunately, there is a shortage of public opinion surveys that encompass the entire Western Balkans and allow for comparisons between countries in the region. With this in mind, the results about the EU integration, elections, civic engagement and conspiracy theories were analysed by EFB’s BiEPAG members who produced policy briefs and blog posts on their assessment of the data’s implications. BiEPAG experts include renowned researchers on the Western Balkans, specialised in examining policy trends across the WB6, drawing conclusions with implications for the whole region and its neighbourhood. We invite you to read their observations here.

The research on internet usage was a result of joint effort of the German Eastern Business Association and partner companies Deutsche Telekom, Nokia, Atene KOM, SAP and Klett, a consortium of companies operating in the Western Balkans, in attempt to continue and stimulate a multi-stakeholder dialog on digital transformation in the focus economies of the "Berlin process" We invite you to read their report here:

Download the EFB survey: link

You are welcome to quote and use this data in your own published work on the condition that you cite EFB as commissioner of the survey, and provide a link to the survey on the EFB website.