Over 50% of Ukrainians Support Joining NATO

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50.3% of Ukrainians consider the country’s accession to NATO a priority option for guaranteeing the security of Ukraine.

More than half of the population of Ukraine believe that the country needs to join NATO, Head of NGO Center for Applied Research Andriy Karakuts said, Ukrinform reported.

He informed that the idea of Ukraine’s non-aligned status was much less popular as 18% of citizens supported it, while 9% believed that the military alliance with the Russian Federation and the CIS countries could guarantee the security of the state. About 23% chose other options, including the formation of the military alliance with the USA.

According to the survey results, the residents of western region of Ukraine are the most active supporters of accession to NATO (69%). The level of support among residents of central region is 49%, the north — 55%, the east — 43%, the south and Donbas — 29%.

The survey was conducted from Nov. 20 to Dec. 4, 2019. In total, 2,035 people were interviewed across Ukraine, except for temporarily occupied Crimea and temporarily uncontrolled territory of Ukraine in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The theoretical sampling error does not exceed 2.2%.