70 percent of Ukrainians have a positive attitude towards Russia

Summary

The attitude of the Ukrainian population towards Russia has changed. Earlier the proportion of people having a positive attitude towards Russia was 30% with 70% having a negative attitude, today it is 70% positive and 30% negative.

Disproof

According to poll from five years ago almost 80% of Ukrainians were positive towards Russia. A poll from September 2018 shows that approximately 48% of Ukrainians had a positive attitude towards Russia, among them 10% were very positive; 32% expressed very negative views and 20% didn’t know. The poll also indicated that 58.1% of Ukrainians supported integration to the EU and 46.3% to NATO. Only 9.4% of respondents believe that Ukraine should restore relations with Russia. and the Commonwealth of Independent Nations.

A poll conducted in January 2019 consisted the following question: “If Ukraine could enter one international economic union, which of the following should it be?” 53% of respondents preferred the EU and 13% (the lowest of all times) gave preference to a Customs Union with Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. In February 2014, 41% supported the EU and 36% the Customs Union.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 136
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, EU
  • Keywords: Ukraine
  • Outlet: 60 Minut @ Rossiya 1 time 12:25
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Disproof

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