Half of Ukrainians back Ukraine's accession to EU, over 40% to NATO - poll
KYIV. Feb 22 (Interfax-Ukraine) - If a nationwide referendum on Ukraine's foreign policy course were held in the near future, over 40% of Ukrainians would vote for the country's accession to NATO and half would vote for entry into the European Union, sociologists say.
According to the results of a survey conducted by the Rating Sociological Group and presented at the Interfax-Ukraine news agency on Thursday, if the referendum on Ukraine's accession to NATO were held, 43% of Ukrainians would vote "for," 34% "against," and one in ten said that they would not participate in the voting.
Most supporters of Ukraine's accession to the North Atlantic Alliance live in Ivano-Frankivsk (87%), Lviv (73%) and Ternopil (71%) regions. The lowest level of support was recorded in Donetsk (56% "against"), Odesa (59% "against") and Kharkiv (60% "against") regions.
Some 52% of respondents would vote in the referendum for Ukraine's accession to the EU, 27% would vote against this, 11% were undecided, and 9% would not vote.
The survey was conducted from December 12 to December 28, 2017. A total of 30,000 respondents aged over 18 were interviewed face-to-face. The poll's margin of error does not exceed 0.6%.