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Poll: Less than half of Ukrainians support EU membership

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Dec. 15, 2011, 7:53 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
Forty percent of Ukrainians want the country to enter into the European Union, according to an opinion poll held in December 2011 by the Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the Ukrainian Sociology Service. Some 32.9% of the respondents said Ukraine should not do that, and 21.1% found it difficult to answer the question.

The majority of supporters of Ukraine's EU membership live in Western Ukraine (74.2%), as well as in central and northern areas (49.7%). Thirty-six percent support the European future of Ukraine in the southern and southeastern areas, and the indicator is 26.4% in Donbass and the Crimea.

The opinion of people ages 18-29 does not vary from one region to another. Fifty-one percent of the young support EU entry in Donbass and the Crimea, where the general attitude is negative.

Sixty-one percent know that Ukraine is holding negotiations on the Association Agreement with the European Union, and 39% do not know that. Fifty-two percent of the aware persons support Ukrainian membership in the EU, and 37% support this in the unknowledgeable group.

Some 34.7% say that free traveling will be a benefit of Ukraine's full membership in the EU, 28% hope for higher living standards, and 24.3% expect broader access to education at European universities.

As for negative consequences, 31.1% name possible emigration from the country, 22.5% say that it may deteriorate Ukrainian relations with the CIS and 22% expect the possible problem of labor migration and the selling out of national resources and property.

Concerning impediments to Ukraine's membership in the EU, 33.3% say it would be the insufficient level of economic development, 32.4% the low living standards in Ukraine, 22.6% - problems with democracy and human rights, 18.7% - the position of EU members unwilling to admit Ukraine to the organization, and 13.6% - the position of the Ukrainian leaders who do not actually want the EU membership.

The researchers polled about 2,000 respondents older than 18.

According to an earlier poll held by the Razumkov Center, the majority of Ukrainian citizens feel positive about the entry into the EU.

Forty-five percent support this possibility, and 34.2% have the opposite opinion. A total of 20.7% abstained from answering the question.
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Anonymous Dec. 15, 2011, 8:58 p.m.    

Good!

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Anonymous Dec. 15, 2011, 10:03 p.m.    

Southern Ukraine is a wasteland so who cares what they think? A garbage dump from Odessa to Mariupol

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Anonymous Dec. 16, 2011, 7:38 a.m.    

I have seen worse in Europe. Go to Romania or Bulgaria.

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Anonymous Dec. 16, 2011, 3:32 a.m.    

only the dim-wit diaspora from the west ukrainian diaspora support e.u integration. they need to stop looking for a communist in every closet

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Anonymous Dec. 16, 2011, 4:14 a.m.    

The W Ukraine xoxols are so retarded and irrelevant even the MAJORITY Ukraine people pull a big wet middle finger to the idiots, heh, heh, heh :D

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Anonymous Dec. 16, 2011, 7:02 a.m.    

East/West Ukrainians are not that different. The difference is Yanukovych Party of Regions has oppressive control over the eastern part of Ukraine. They are now trying to oppress the west of Ukraine.

From Zik UA 30 october 2011:

Party of Regions building up administrative resource

Last week, the media was full of reports that workers are forced to join the PR at Rinat Akhmetov-owned steel plants Azovstal and Illich...

Pressuring the staff to join the PR is typical for other areas in Eastern Ukraine.

In April 2011, media carried reports that Kharkiv university students were forced to join the PR.

Application for membership were disseminated by one of the deputy deans who warned students of possible “difficulties” they may have during their exams.

At the same time, Kharkiv-based human rights activist Yevhen Zaharov told the German Wave he had also received complaints from school teachers who had been pressed to join the PR.

Consequently, the PR is returning to the 2004 practice of using administrative levers to pressure Ukrainians into joining its ranks.

What may happen has been known since 2004: new PR members will be “asked” to enroll their wives and 10 relatives. Then they will be instructed how to vote. Otherwise, their salaries will be at risk.

It's soooo bad in the West that Azarov's son permanently lives there as wellas families of PoR who are nothing but mafia.

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Anonymous Dec. 17, 2011, 1:27 a.m.    

Nobody wants to waste their time reading your dribble. Express your views in a few short sentences. I just glazed over it. Can't be bothered to read it :)))

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Anonymous Dec. 16, 2011, 5:10 a.m.    

They pulled this pole out of Putin's zhopa,... which bummed the little guy out.

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Anonymous Dec. 16, 2011, 2:10 p.m.    

Less than 10% of English consider themselves as part of Europe

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