09:49 Oct. 21, 2016
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.
"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.