11:46 07.02.2014

Ukrainians split in their support for Maidan, one in ten backs use of force - poll

Kyiv, February 7 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Almost half of Ukrainians (47%) support the Maidan anti-government protests, and 46.1% do not, according to a survey conducted by the Socis Center and Kyiv International Institute of Sociology.

According to the survey released at the press center of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency on Friday, 26.8% of respondents fully support the Maidan, and 20.9% mostly support the protests.

Some 31.3% of Ukrainians do not support the pro-EU protesters, and 14.8% mostly do not support them.

"However, most respondents (63.3%) believe that in order to achieve a positive outcome of protests it's necessary to sit at the negotiating table, and the process should be made public," reads a press release.

Some 11.1% of respondents believe that force should be used to resolve the conflict.

Respondents also expressed an opinion on which politicians should lead the protests.

"Most respondents (20.4%) said that such a leader should be UDAR head Vitali Klitschko, 12.6% independent deputy Petro Poroshenko, and 6.3% Batkivschyna faction head Arseniy Yatseniuk. At the same time, 41.1% of respondents could not answer this question or refused to answer," reads the press release.

The survey was conducted from January 24 to February 1 in all regions in Ukraine. A total of 2,400 respondents were interviewed. The poll's margin of error does not exceed 2%.

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