Almost 60% of Ukrainians back accession to EU

Almost 60% of Ukrainians back accession to EU

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More than half of respondents are in favor of Ukraine's accession to the European Union, according to a survey conducted by the Institute for Analysis and Forecasting with the support of the Sotsioprohnoz analytical group of the Kyiv Press Club. 

Executive Director of the Kyiv Press Club Mykhailo Peresunko said this during the presentation of a study "Socio-political situation in Ukraine; public opinion of Ukraine's population: May 2018" at Ukrinform on Thursday.

"We note that there is a steady trend towards an increase in the number of respondents who are in favor of joining the European Union. Today, according to our results, this figure is 59.4%," Peresunko said, explaining the respondents' answers to the question as to how they would vote if a referendum on Ukraine's accession to the EU were held in the coming week.

According to him, 17.1% of respondents opposed Ukraine's accession to the EU. At the same time, he said, according to the poll, one in ten Ukrainians (10.7%) would not take part in the referendum, and another 12.8% could not answer.

"As for joining the military and political bloc NATO, we also notice a growing trend. Of course, the level of support is slightly lower than that of joining the European Union, but it is still a very positive figure that the number of those who support NATO membership reaches almost half of the Ukrainian population. Some 48.4% of respondents are ready to vote today for accession to NATO," Peresunko said.

At the same time, he said, 26% are against Ukraine's joining NATO, 9% would not participate in the vote, and 16.2% of those polled were undecided.

Peresunko said that Russia's foreign aggression was a significant cause of growing support for Ukraine's accession to NATO.

A total of 2,022 respondents were interviewed. The poll's margin of error does not exceed 2.2%. 

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