Poll reveals attitude of Ukrainians toward joining EU, NATO, direct talks with militants, peacekeepers in Donbas

16:40, 03 July 2019
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That's according to a nationwide survey by Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the Oleksandr Razumkov Ukrainian Center for Economic and Political Studies.

Sociologists say voters of Vyacheslav Vakarchuk's Holos (Voice) Party (86%), Petro Poroshenko's European Solidarity (85%), Dmytro Razumkov's Servant of the People Party (62%), and Yulia Tymoshenko's Batkivshchyna Party (59%) believe that Ukraine should join the European Union. However, voters of the pro-Russian Opposition Platform – Za Zhyttya (For Life) Party prefer either joining the Eurasian Economic Union with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan (39%), or non-alignment with either the European or the Eurasian unions (44%).

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Voters supporting European Solidarity (80%), Holos (75%), Servant of the People (47%), and Batkivshchyna (47%) say NATO membership would be the best security option for Ukraine. Voters of Opposition Platform – Za Zhyttya prefer either non-aligned status (50%) or a military alliance with Russia and other CIS countries (25%).

At the same time, voters of European Solidarity (58%) and Holos (48.5%) consider it unacceptable to hold direct talks with the "leaders" of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics" ("DPR" and "LPR"). However, 44% of respondents from the electorate of Servant of the People and 46% of those of Batkivshchyna support such negotiations, while 39% and 38% oppose this move, respectively. Voters of Opposition Platform – Za Zhyttya definitely support direct talks (75%).

Voters of Holos (72%), European Solidarity (71%), Batkivshchyna (59%), and Servant of the People (54%) support the idea of introducing international peacekeeping forces on the territory of "DPR" and "LPR." Some 50% of respondents, who support Opposition Platform – Za Zhyttya are against this proposal.

UNIAN memo. The survey was conducted on June 13-20, 2019, in all regions of Ukraine except for Crimea and the occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. A total of 2,017 respondents aged 18 and older were interviewed. The margin of error does not exceed 2.3%.

The survey was carried out with the financial support of the MATRA program of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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