A Quarter of Youth Plan to Leave Serbia

Belgrade Investigative and Publishing Center Demostat said its latest study showed Serbia’s people view on the vaccination against coronavirus “to some extent coincides with their political affiliation”, with 46 percent of respondents saying they would receive the vaccine if it was doctors’ recommendation, while 31 percent would not take it under any circumstances. 

The research showed that the respondents who said were not linked to any of the political parties, had the most trust in the medical staff, with 44 percent of them saying they would receive the vaccine if an expert recommended it, and 34 percent would not accept that under any circumstances. 

The study also showed 51 percent of the polled who supported the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) said they would receive the vaccine if recommended by the doctors. In comparison, 17 percent would agree to be vaccinated if Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic asked them to. 

An umbrella youth organization, KOMS, study showed slightly over 40 percent of young people in Serbia were unhappy with the authorities’ reaction to the coronavirus pandemic during the state of emergency, while almost 60 percent were not glad about the measures after it. The survey also showed that over a fourth of the respondents planned to leave Serbia and 46 percent thought about it but were still undecided. 

On the other hand, 11 percent of them would not receive the vaccine for coronavirus under any circumstances. 

According to the survey, 40 percent of polled who support the parties that boycotted the last parliamentary elections would not receive the vaccine under any circumstances, while 34 percent would receive the vaccine if suggested by doctors, and two percent if Vucic recommended. 

The results of the study showed that 53 percent of those who supported the opposition parties and voted in the June general elections, would receive the vaccine if recommended by the professionals, 29 percent would not accept it under any circumstances. 

Three percent of them said they would take it if recommended by the President. 

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