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Poll: Most Ukrainians support Ukraine’s accession to EU

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Dec. 14, 2011, 7:10 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
Most Ukrainian citizens have a positive attitude towards Ukraine’s joining the European Union, the Mirror Weekly. Ukraine publication has reported, referring to the results of a poll conducted by the Razumkov Center. Some 45% of those polled support Ukraine's membership of the EU, while 34.2% are against the country's accession to the EU.

At the same time, a significant number of respondents (20.7%) were undecided.

Most respondents (55.8%) said that practical actions by the Ukrainian authorities did not meet their European integration declarations.

And only 12.3% said that the actions of the authorities correspond to these declarations.

Some 37.4% of respondents believe that they will benefit if Ukraine joins the European Union, and 26.5% think that will lose out.

Some 27% believe they will benefit from Ukraine's accession to the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, and 23.5% think that they will lose from this.

According to the poll, one in four Ukrainians (25.2%) would travel to a European Union country for permanent residence if it were possible.

Some 10.2% would go to a member country of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

More than half of respondents (52.5%) do not want to leave Ukraine for the countries suggested by the sociologists.

Some 45.9% of respondents assessed the level of their awareness about the European Union as average, 36.4% as low, 8.8% have no information about the EU, and only 4.4% described it as high.

The level of the awareness of the Customs Union is lower (35.3%, 40.6%, 15.0% and 4.4% respectively).

The study was conducted by the sociological service of the Razumkov Center from Nov. 3 to Nov. 8, 2011.

A total of 2,009 respondents aged over 18 from all regions in Ukraine, Kyiv and Crimea were interviewed.
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Anonymous Dec. 14, 2011, 7:26 p.m.    

No EU accession for the corrupt and criminal Malorussia!

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Anonymous Dec. 14, 2011, 8:18 p.m.    

Sitting at the centre of Europe Ukraine has much to offer either to East or West, but with all and Ukraine each in its own turmoil now is not the time to consider anything beyond free trade with either or both. Such trade to have no political strings and to recognise what is the business one to the other; what are internal affairs not for interference by others needs also to be recognised.

A third direction is to the South where resides Turky and other emrging neighbours/markets; as these are also looking for opportunities free of old predudices this could be another option.

China with its vast monetary reserves is also of interest; maybe a aignificant amount of exchange reserves could be converted to Yuan, while telling The International Monetary Fascists(IMF) to get lost!!

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Anonymous Dec. 14, 2011, 10:38 p.m.    

I sincerely believe Ukraine has great potential for the west. Imagine what Sevastopol would bring versus the Russians. I'm sure America would/could pay handsomely for such a strategic spot.

Ukraine also has great potential in farming (minus the effects of Chernobyl).

And Ukraine has a sizable population ready for western goods.

All Ukraine has to do is evolve from the knuckle-dragging Neanderthals controlling the administration &amp; judiciary.

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Anonymous Dec. 15, 2011, 4 a.m.    

Ukraine is russia and ukraine does not need the USA or the west. Ukraine just needs to stay a slavic people and country. The USA is being destroyed from within from massive nonwhite imigration both legal and illegal. The evil new world order is doing this to the USA . This next scripture describes the USA today. The iron is the white european americans. The clay is all the nonwhite races. READ DANIEL 2:43.

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Anonymous Dec. 14, 2011, 8:57 p.m.    

10.2% who wants to go to Customs Union countries should pack their bags and go now. There is nothing stopping them.

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Anonymous Dec. 14, 2011, 9:58 p.m.    

35% of Ukrainian would like to get a permanent residence abroad better than living in their country!!!

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Anonymous Dec. 14, 2011, 11:01 p.m.    

My guess is that the EURO will be finished about a year from now.

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Anonymous Dec. 15, 2011, 6:12 a.m.    

That &quot;Most respondents (55.8%) said that practical actions by the Ukrainian authorities did not meet their European integration declarations&quot; is because Yanukovych controls the media in Ukraine just as it was controlled in Soviet times. Ukrainians do not hear comprensive news only Yanukovych propaganda.

Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/118961/#ixzz1gZaoFiwl

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Anonymous Dec. 15, 2011, 6:17 a.m.    

Forgot to add that if there was free press in Ukraine the % of Ukrainians that feel that Yanukovych does not meet EU standards would be 90%except for Russian extremists and Party of Regions mafia strongmen.

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Anonymous Dec. 15, 2011, 10:57 a.m.    

Yeah, but I bet most Ukrainians don't support the reforms required before they will be allowed to join the EU. It's a nation full of gimme gimmes.

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Anonymous Dec. 15, 2011, 1:10 p.m.    

Stupid little russians drink themselves silly if they think little russia will ever be allowed to join the EU. Their sovok mentality and devious, criminal, corrupt ways should be reserved for the brainless faggot Stephen Harper and the cesspool malorussian diaspora.

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Anonymous Dec. 15, 2011, 2:58 p.m.    

I don't think pro EU Ukrainians understand what EU membership really means.What EU membership means is Berlin is in charge with Paris 2nd in command.You can dress it up all you want but EU is a Berlin/Paris union.

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