Almost 50% of Ukrainians support the idea of their country's accession to the European Union.
Over 40% of the respondents speak up for joining North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), that's per the latest poll conducted by Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS).
Read alsoSociologists name leaders of presidential ratingIn October, 49% of respondents supported accession to the EU (46.1% in April), as well as 13.8% – to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) consisting of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan (against 13.1% in April). At the same time, 27% of Ukrainians stand for refraining from joining any of the unions. Some 10.2% of the respondents found the question difficult to answer.
Most of the supporters of EU membership are among the voters of ex-president Petro Poroshenko (87%), former security chief Ihor Smeshko (60.5%), incumbent President Volodymyr Zelensky (52.6%), and Batkivshchyna party leader Yulia Tymoshenko (41.2%).
Among pro-Russian politician Yuriy Boyko's voters, only 15% support joining the EU, but at the same time, 40.3% of those polled consider it expedient to join the EAEU. Supporters of Vladimir Putin's political operative in Ukraine Viktor Medvedchuk, only 5.4% support joining the EU, while 53.7% are in favor of acceding to the EAEU.
Also, the poll shows 41% of Ukrainians believe the country should join NATO (41.9% in April). A total of 37.1% of those polled (34.7% in April) are in favor of Ukraine being a non-aligned state. Only 13% of those surveyed support membership in the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).
Read alsoU.S. warplanes fly over Ukraine in show of support (Photo, video)Most of the supporters of NATO membership are among the voters of Petro Poroshenko (83.2%), Ihor Smeshko (62.2%), and Yulia Tymoshenko (38.2%).
Volodymyr Zelensky's voters mostly opt for a non-aligned status (42.7%), while 36.5% support joining NATO, and just 9.1% – joining the CSTO, while 11.8% found it difficult to answer.
Among Yuriy Boyko's voters, only 11.4% support joining NATO, while 25.7% stand for joining the CSTO. Among Viktor Medvedchuk's supporters, only 5.5% back joining NATO, while 43.2% root for CSTO membership.
The survey was conducted on October 17-24 through computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI) using a random selection of cell numbers.
The sample is representative of the adult population (aged 18 and older). The survey was conducted in settlements across Ukraine with the exception of Russia-occupied Crimea and certain districts in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The study involved 1,502 respondents.
The margin of error does not exceed 2.6% for indicators close to 50%, 2.2% for indicators close to 25%, 1.7% for indicators close to 10%, and 1.1% for indicators close to 5%.