DW-Trend: 58% Ukrainians Support Joining the EU
KYIV, Ukraine, November 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
The number of Ukrainians in favor of their country joining the EU has increased by six
percent, informs Deutsche Welle. The poll, conducted by the DW-Trend, shows that 58
percent of the polled Ukrainians support eventual membership of their country in the EU.
Approximately 31 percent of Ukrainians does not support the EU membership, while 37
percent of the polled citizens approve of the EU membership within the next five years.
The research shows that traditionally pro-Russian residents of the eastern and
southern Ukrainian cities support European integration – half of the polled in the region
supported Ukraine’s eventual EU membership. Western and central regions of Ukraine were
traditionally more pro-European, showing that 69 percent of the residents supported
eventual EU membership for Ukraine.
Youth is more supportive of the European integration of their country, as 65 percent
of 18-29-year-old poll participants supported EU membership. Yet, more than half of the
50-60-year-old polled residents chose to answer yes to eventual EU membership for Ukraine,
The poll also involved questions whether the polled residents were interested in the
EU as a tourist destination. About 70 percent of the participants answered yes and nearly
half of all respondents plan to visit the EU more, should the visa regime be simplified.
The poll has been conducted in November 2013 by the Ukrainian office of the
international research agency IFAK Institut GmbH & Co. The research involved one thousand
18 to 65-year-old residents of Ukrainian cities with population over 50,000.
Just in October 2013, GfK Ukraine conducted a public opinion research as to whether
the population of the country supports the upcoming signing of the Association Agreement
with the EU. 45% of Ukrainians reported their support of the signing of the document.
Notably, GfK highlights that more people support European integration of Ukraine among
those with higher education. The poll was conducted on October 2-15, 2013.
SOURCE Worldwide News Ukraine