Poll: Over 90% of Ukrainians call Russia economic partner or friend

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Feb. 18, 2010, 5:55 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

The overwhelming majority of Ukrainians have positive feelings for Russia.

The overwhelming majority of Ukrainians have positive feelings for Russia, General Director of the IFAK-Ukraine international research agency Serhiy Hovorukha told aFeb. 18press conference in Kyiv. "Forty-nine percent of Ukrainians call Russia an economic partner, and another 44% define it as a friend. Only 7% view Russia as a hostile nation," he said.

Fifty-one percent of the respondents hope for an improvement of Ukraine-Russia relations, and 6% expect deterioration, Hovorukha said.

Ukrainians do not mind post-Soviet integration, he said. Seventy percent support the Ukrainian participation in the common economic space.

Sixty percent support Ukraine's integration with the European Union and 61% favor integration with the World Trade Organization (WTO). Meanwhile, 57% of the respondents oppose the Ukrainian entry into NATO.

Forty-three percent of Ukrainians think that the Russian Black Sea Fleet should stay in Sevastopol, 30% oppose a longer stay, and 27% are unable to answer the question.

Eighteen percent said that the fleet must leave Sevastopol ahead of time, and 56% oppose the early pullout.

The poll took place in 53 cities with the population larger than 50,000 on January 22-30, 2010. The margin of error is within 3%.
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Anonymous Feb. 18, 2010, 6:35 p.m.    

Now that's good reporting !

Nice to read something meaningful !

Thanks !

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Anonymous Feb. 18, 2010, 7:06 p.m.    

How do they get 90% is it not that there was 2 questions asked oin the same poll regarding russia ???? is this is how they meet 90% then these figures show true manipulation...maybe this is how they reached the election victory with there favourite russian puppet !!!!! In reality it is actually less than 50% are in favour of russia as an economic friend,,,,,and 16% less than want more intergration with europe....

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Anonymous Feb. 18, 2010, 8:09 p.m.    

Agreed, the headline is a gross mis-statement of the actual poll results

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Anonymous Feb. 18, 2010, 8:49 p.m.    

Kremlin math 101.

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Anonymous Feb. 18, 2010, 8:52 p.m.    

And the idiotic disapora will try to twist the facts. The proof is here that the people of Ukraine want Russia as their friend and partner. Now is the time to send the Western Ukrainian diaspora to &quot;special&quot; hospitals to cure their Russophobia.

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Anonymous Feb. 19, 2010, 1:41 a.m.    

If you understood mathematics my dimwitted friend, you would see that if 49% of Ukrainians call Russia an economic partner, that means that 51% (a majority) do not. Furthermore, if 44% define it as a friend, that means that 56% (again, the majority) do not... The most amusing thing about this is that it exposes the colossal stupidity of those bellicose blue buffoons who pollute this site with their mindless gibberish... truly revealing... heh, heh, heh.

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Anonymous Feb. 18, 2010, 9:37 p.m.    

The Black Sea Fleet, a decaying Russian status symbol, is an environmental disaster in the making. These ships are loaded with toxic material that is chemical and radioactive in nature. These ships were primitive to begin with and combined with years of neglect, they are now posing a serious danger to human health and the immediate environment as well as spreading contamination to a larger area.

Just how many of the 43% of Ukrainians would vote to keep this fleet here, if they knew they had to pay from their own pockets, the huge environmental cleanup costs in the hundreds of millions of dollars from a strong possibility of major accident?

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Anonymous Feb. 19, 2010, 4:26 p.m.    

Sure thing, Ukranian fleet is much , much better...


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Anonymous Feb. 20, 2010, 12:40 a.m.    

Actually, a plan under Yushchenko's government, with the agreed assistance of the U.S was to equip the Ukrainian navy with technologically superior and environmentally safer American built ships.

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Anonymous Feb. 18, 2010, 9:42 p.m.    

ouch that hurts the Nazi trash. That means that many of western ukraine like Russia lol :) I think the ones that really hate Russia live in usa and canada and are brainwashed by CNN , fox news etc. Or they simply do not have a life and cannot get laid. So they take out there sexual frustration on Russia.

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Anonymous Feb. 18, 2010, 11:26 p.m.    

So there was these nashi layabouts who are so bored they have smashed all the windows they have been told to smash.. and they stumbled on a working internet cafe.

After a while they managed to turn on a computer.. there was 10 of them so it was dead easy.

and they each pressed a letter on the keyboard.. trouble is they could not spell.. no brains see.

They kept trying to type nashi.. and they only managed nazi.

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Anonymous Feb. 19, 2010, 12:35 a.m.    

Great comment ! A +++ !!

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Anonymous Feb. 19, 2010, 7:16 a.m.    

Russia and Ukraine is one.

Love it or hate it. That's the fact.

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Anonymous Feb. 19, 2010, 2:23 p.m.    

Thank you for a word of truth !

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Anonymous Feb. 21, 2010, 6:52 a.m.    

More like a knife fight in a telephone booth.

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