Getting westernized: More Ukrainians support joining NATO and dislike Russia - opinion poll

09:49 Oct. 21, 2016

More Ukrainians support joining NATO and dislike Russia - opinion poll

NATO Secetary General Jens Stoltenberg and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko arrive to speak to the media at the Warsaw NATO Summit on July 9, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland. (GettyImages Photo)

The share of Ukrainians endorsing NATO and condemning Russia has risen, survey shows

The number of Ukrainians supporting their country joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has increased recently, RFE/RL reports

Up to 43% of responders would vote in favour of joining NATO at a referendum, while the previous survey in June had shown only 37% of Ukrainians endorsing the Alliance. 

Also, up to 29% claimed they opposed joining NATO. 

About 57% of respondents also said they have a negative attitude towards Russia. Their feelings are described as "cold" and "very cold". 

Ukrainians are getting more and more frustrated with their politics handling the economy and corruption issues, the survey also shows. 72% of responders claimed their country is moving in the wrong direction. 

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"This poll reinforces the trend of frustration among Ukrainian citizens that we've seen in previous polls, and indicates that the window of opportunity for the government to build public support is rapidly closing," said Stephen Nix, the U.S.-based International Republican Institute regional director for Eurasia.

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