Poll: 42% of Ukrainians support entry to EU, 31% prefer Customs Union
A majority of Ukrainians say that entering the European Union should be the main integration direction for Ukraine, according to the poll held by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the Razumkov Center.
According to the survey's results, which were posted on Thursday, 42% of those polled support entering the EU, while 31% are for joining the Customs Union.
However, 13.5% of Ukrainians say Ukraine should join neither the EU nor the Customs Union.
Young people (18-29 years old) tend to prefer the European direction (just 19% support entering the Customs Union). Citizens aged 60 and older prefer entering the Customs Union with Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan (45%), and just 30% support EU membership.
Integration into the EU is mostly supported in western Ukraine (72%) and in central regions (49%). On the east and south of the country traditionally there is more support for joining the Customs Union: 50% and 39.5% respectively.
Besides, 71% of voters of the Svoboda party, 69.5% of UDAR voters, and 64% of Batkivschyna voters support integration into the EU, while 79.5% of the Communist Party's supporters and 57% of Regions Party voters are for entering the Customs Union.
The poll was held from May 17 to May 20, 2013. A total of 2,010 respondents from all regions of Ukraine were polled. The poll's margin of error is 2.3%.