REUTERS

Almost 60% of citizens say they are willing to defend their country's territorial integrity up in arms in case of an external threat.

That's according to a survey by the Rating sociological group.

The report says 59% of the respondents expressed readiness to take up arms and defend their country if needed, of whom 33% chose the "definitely yes" answer and 26% said they would "rather" do so.

At the same time, 19% of the respondents said they would "definitely not" make such a move, while 14% said they would "rather not."

Another 9% of respondents found the question difficult to answer.

Read alsoUkraine celebrating Defenders DayMost often, readiness to defend Ukraine with arms in hand was expressed by male middle-aged respondents and persons with relatively higher incomes.

In 2019, there was 56% of such respondents, 54% in 2017, and 33% in 2012.

Survey: Details

  • The survey was conducted by telephone interviews among 2,000 respondents aged 18 and over in all regions, except for the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas.
  • The sample is representative in terms of age, gender, and type of settlement.
  • The margin error is within 2.2%.