Some two thirds of Czechs are against the stationing of a U.S. radar base in the Czech Republic, according to a poll conducted by the polling institute CVVM in January and released on Wednesday.
The opposite view is held by 29 percent of Czechs, and the balance has been stable in the long run, Xinhua reported.
According to the poll, the idea to station the U.S. radar base in the Czech Republic was opposed by 65 percent of Czechs, the same percentage as in December.
The poll also showed that most Czechs believe that a referendum should be held to decide on the radar base. The view is shared by 72 percent of Czechs, two percentage points more than in the previous poll.
The referendum is mainly opposed by the proponents of the radar base. About 57 percent of them have refused the referendum on the issue.
Most Czechs are afraid that the radar base could become the target of a terrorist or military attack in the event of a conflict of the United States with another country.
The radar base tends to be supported by the voters of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), while those who reject it most vehemently are supporters of the opposition Social Democrats and the Communists.
The radar base is mostly rejected by those who do not prefer any party, too.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said after her meeting with Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg on Tuesday that if the United States saw changes in Iran's behavior regarding its nuclear program it could reconsider its position on the missile defense.
Nevertheless, Schwarzenberg stressed the readiness of Prague and Washington to continue with the project.
The poll was conducted on a sample of 1,057 Czechs over 15 on Jan. 12-19, 2009.
Two Czech-U.S. treaties on the project were approved by the upper house of Czech parliament, the Senate, last November.