Almost two-thirds of Czechs oppose against U.S. radar base

July 21, 2007 - 0:0

PRAGUE (Xinhua) -- Almost two-thirds of Czechs are against the stationing of a U.S. radar defense base in the Czech Republic, according to the latest poll released by the Center for Public Opinion Research (CVVM).

The poll, in which 1,013 people participated, showed that 40 percent of Czechs clearly disagreed with the building of a U.S. base on Czech territory, while another 25 percent were fairly against it. Most respondents wanted a referendum to be held on the planned base, according to the poll that was conducted in June. On the contrary, 6 percent of respondents said they ""definitely agreed"" with the placing of the radar equipment in the Czech Republic and 22 percent fairly agreed with the plan. The building of the base was relatively more often supported by university graduates, people with good living standards and those aged 15 to 19 years. People over 60 and citizens who consider their living standards bad resolutely opposed the base. A referendum on the stationing of the base in the Czech Republic is supported by almost three-fourths of citizens. Only one-fifth of respondents said people should not decide on the radar base in a plebiscite. The United States made a formal request in January to place a radar base in the Brdy military area southwest of Prague and 10 interceptor missiles in neighboring Poland as part of a planned global missile defense shield. Most Czech citizens previously opposed the establishment of the U.S. radar base. The plan is also opposed by the surrounding municipalities of the military district of Brdy where the base would be built