Some 64% of Ukrainians support accession to EU – poll
Almost two-thirds of Ukrainians (64%) believe that Ukraine's main integration focus area should be accession to the European Union, according to the findings of a poll conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the Razumkov Center made public at a press conference, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
The subject of the press event is "The 101st Anniversary of Ukraine's Unity: What Unites and Separates the Ukrainians Most."
However, 13% of respondents support Ukraine's accession to the Eurasian Economic Union, while 23% are still undecided.
The shares of EU accession advocates are the highest in the country's western and central regions, 90% and 70%, respectively.
The number of supporters for EU membership also prevails in the south (44%) and the east (43%) of Ukraine. However, certain groups of citizens also speak in favor of joining the Eurasian Economic Union (23% in the south and 24% in the east). Significant shares of respondents remain undecided (33% in the south and the east each).
"Since 2013, the share of citizens supporting EU membership has grown from 46% in December 2013 to 57% in December 2014, gradually increasing to 64% in December 2019. At the same time, the share of those who support joining the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan sharply decreased: from 36% in 2013 to 16% in 2014, continuing to decline to 13% in December 2019," the relevant press release said.
A nationwide survey was conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the Razumkov Center on December 13-18, 2019, in all regions of Ukraine, except for Crimea and the occupied areas in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. A total of 2,017 respondents aged 18 and older were interviewed. The theoretical margin of error does not exceed 2.3%.