Two thirds of Ukrainians know what is WTO – poll

14:51, 28 May 2008
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The majority of those polled believe WTO is advantageous

Two thirds of Ukrainians know what is the Word Trade Organization.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, these are the results of a sociological poll, carried out by Ukrainian Center for Economic and Political Studies named after Razumkov and publicized during a round table “Competitiveness of regions of Ukraine under conditions of integration processes acceleration”, which took place in Kyiv on Wednesday.

According to conclusions of the Center`s Sociological Service, the level of Ukrainian citizens` awareness about the WTO increased during 2005-2006. The majority of those polled believe that this organization is advantageous for the world and rather for developed countries than for developing ones.

Particularly, analysts of Razumkov’s Center turned attention to the fact that residents of the East and West of Ukraine know more about the WTO, compared to residents of the South and central regions of the country, who do not know much about this organization.

According to data of the Center, more than a half of respondents who are informed about the WTO, believe that Ukraine`s membership in the WTO will bring use for home economics and big businesses. At the same time, the consequences for small and middle business seem doubtful for Ukrainians; moreover, representatives of the South and East of Ukraine think that they are harmful.

At the same time, the results of the sociological poll show that the majority of Ukrainians expects that Ukraine`s joining the WTO will propitiously influence the labour market and will create new workplaces. However, the residents of East expect increasing unemployment level.

Summing up the results of the sociological poll, representatives of Razumkov Center note that the attitude of citizens towards this organization, estimation of its utility and consequences for Ukraine match with general geopolitical grasps of residents of regions in the coordinates “East” (Russia) – “West” (Europe).

2019 respondents aged over 18 years were polled in all regions of Ukraine. Error margin makes up 2.3%. 

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