KIIS Deputy Director Anton Hrushetsky said this at a press conference entitled "The social and political moods of the Ukrainian people: April 2018 (based on the results of the KIIS survey)," an Ukrinform correspondent reported.
According to Hrushetsky, respondents were asked to choose one of three options - joining the European Union, joining the Customs Union with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, and not joining the EU or the Customs Union. Some 45.9% of citizens believe that Ukraine should focus on joining the European Union, 8.9% on joining the Customs Union, and another 32% chose the third option, he said.
At the same time, support for the pro-European vector is greatest only in the west of Ukraine.
According to the poll, 41.4% of Ukrainians rather or definitely support Ukraine's accession to NATO in contrast to 37.8% of those respondents who do not share such a vector of state development.
"At the same time, there is a significant regional specificity. Accession to NATO is supported by 61% in the west of Ukraine, 46% in the center, and no more than a quarter in the south, east and in Donbas," the expert said.
The Kyiv International Institute of Sociology conducted an all-Ukrainian public opinion poll from April 5 to April 19. A total of 2,004 respondents aged over 18 years from 110 populated localities of Ukraine, except for the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, were interviewed.
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