The Nagorno Karabakh poll of the first ever internationally conducted Comparative Opinion Polls in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh on Socio-Political Issues and Foreign Relations published by the European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA).
The survey that was carried out between October 22 and 26, 2010 comprised 804 face-to-face interviews in Stepanakert and 5 regions of Askeran, Hadrut, Martakert, Martuni and Shushi.
Comments by EuFoA Secretary General, Dr Michael Kambeck :
“Our data suggests that people in Nagorno Karabakh clearly want peace, but following a list of historic and recent events, they have little trust in most international organizations and countries. We were surprised by how clearly they favor ceasefire consolidation, removing snipers from both sides of the line of contact and installing international observers. People in NK see that this would help avoid casualties, reduce the likehood of war and facilitate the peace negotiations, all of which they apparently rate higher that their potential fears about removing their snipers or mistrusting observers. - This data means homework for the OSCE and other European institutions.”
Only a quarter in NK say that the OSCE MG is the organization which is most supportive of Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh.
43% think that the MG has a role to play in the conflict settlement but less than a third of people in Artsakh believe that the organization is among those most interested on a peace deal.
Russia is seen extremely positively in Nagorno Karabakh. Levels of trust (85%), supportiveness for Karabakh and Armenia (78%), a strong role in the conflict settlement (87%) and interest in peace (80%) are much higher than the next best country or organization (France: 32%, 40%, 46% and 23% respectively.
People in Nagorno Karabakh are more informed about the current stage of the conflict settlement than people in Armenia (68% to 50%), according to the Nagorno Karabakh poll of the first ever internationally conducted Comparative Opinion Polls in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh on Socio-Political Issues and Foreign Relations published by the European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA).
Karabakh residents strongly support measures which they think will keep Nagorno Karabakh closely associated with Armenia, strongly oppose measures which they think cede too much to Azerbaijan, and are moderately supportive of measures which they think may encourage peace but without compromising Nagorno Karabakh's ties with Armenia.
They support a future determination of the final status of Nagorno Karabakh through a legally binding expression of will as a final step of a comprehensive peace deal. However, they strongly oppose internally displaced persons and refugees having the right to return territories surrounding Nagorno Karabakh and overwhelmingly oppose returning these territories to Azerbaijan's control.