: Ukrainians divided over NATO membership - poll

15:11 Jul. 25, 2016

Ukrainians divided over NATO membership - poll

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Recent survey shows how opinions change over joining international organisations

The number of Ukrainians who are in favour of joining the NATO is almost the same as of their opponents.

That's according to results of a survey conducted by the Ukrainian Institute for Social Research and Social Monitoring centre.

The results show that if a referendum to join NATO would be held next Sunday, 37.7 per cent would vote for Ukrainian membership in the alliance, 38.2 per cent would vote against, and 14.5 per cent would not participate. 9.7 per cent of respondents could not answer the question.

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As for a similar referendum on the EU membership, 47.3 per cent would vote for joining the bloc, 31.1 per cent would vote against, and 12.5 per cent would not take part in the referendum.

"If we compare the results with those we received at the beginning of the year, there is a 10 per cent decrease in the number of people ready to vote for the EU," said Yuriy Lisnychyi, Director of the Institute for Analysis and Forecast. He added the number of NATO membership supporters has also shortened.

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Lisnychyi also said there are visible geographic differences in the vote. He explained the western, northern and central parts would rather support the membership in both NATO and EU, while the eastern and southern regions are traditionally against it.

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