Update: Poll - more than half of Ukrainians support European Union membership

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May 12, 2010, 11:04 a.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
Ukrainians older than 16 - 53% - would like their country to join the European Union in the future, a poll of 1,000 respondents conducted by GfK Ukraine on April 1-16, 2010 has found. Citizens aged between 20-39 and residents of the central and western regions of the state appeared to be the strongest supporters of joining the EU, according to the results of the poll. The majority of respondents over 16 years old, or 53%, support Ukraine's entering the EU, only a quarter of Ukrainians opposed entering the EU, and 21% of respondents did not give an answer.

Citizens aged between 20-39 were most enthusiastic about the idea: over 60% out of this age group support it. Many senior citizens opposed Ukraine's entering the EU: 31% of respondents aged between 50-59 and 33% of respondents over 60 years old said no to the possibility of joining the EU.

As for regional differences, citizens of the central and western regions and Kyiv residents support Ukraine's membership of the EU (69%, 61%, and 60% of respondents in these regions respectively). Some citizens in the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine are strongly opposed (35% and 31% of respondents in these regions respectively).

"The fact that the majority of Ukrainians support Ukraine's joining the EU demonstrates that the new government's priority of European integration coincides with the will of the voters," said Hlib Vyshlinsky, the deputy director of GfK Ukraine.

The company polled 1,000 respondents over 16 years old. The selection of the respondents was representational for the population of Ukraine according to sex, age, citizenship and residential area size. The poll was conducted by personal interview.
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