Disinfo: Ukrainian society does not support accession to the EU and NATO

Summary

NATO is supported by no more than 40-42% of citizens; 34-36% are strongly against NATO. Half of the country’s population supports accession to the EU, but one third is against.

Disproof

The latest sociological research shows that accession to NATO and the EU is supported by the majority of those who have made up their minds. For instance, in research made in January by the Rating Group, 44% of the respondents voted for accession to NATO, whereas 30% were against. 10% said they won’t vote if the question would be on a referendum, 17% could not answer. The same is with the support for the EU. The majority, 53%, of the respondents support the EU. The Tax Union of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan is supported only by 13%. To compare, in March 2012 the latter was supported by 43%, whereas the EU by 36%. According to a December poll by Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, the EU is supported by 59% of the respondents. The support for the EU is rising: from 57% in 2014 to 59% in 2017. On the opposite, the Tax Union is supported by 12,5%. The majority support the EU in Western (88%) and Central Ukraine (70%). The respondents from Southern Ukraine also prefer the EU (41% vs 12%). Only in Eastern Ukraine 33% of respondents want to have closer relations with Russia, while with the EU 27%. But almost half of the respondents (47% in Southern and 40% in Eastern) are not sure about the choice. Is also mentioned that out of the 69% who are willing to take part in a referendum on accession to NATO, 70% would vote in favour of accession, 28% would vote against. NATO is supported by the majority in all regions, except the East. According to Socis Centre poll, only 8% of respondents support orientation towards Russia; 42,8% support orientation to the West and 44,7% believe Ukraine should choose own way of development without orientation towards either the West or the East. Accession to NATO is supported by 45,5%, while 29,4% are against the accession. Accession to the EU is supported by 58,3%, whereas 21,3% would vote against.

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  • Reported in: Issue 136
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/02/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: EU/NATO enlargement, NATO
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