Survey shows no progress in either direction of integration last year
Almost 40% of respondents believe that Ukraine has not advanced in any direction of integration, according to a survey conducted by the Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, its director Iryna Bekeshkina said at a press conference January 10.
"Dominating among the population is the view that in the past year Ukraine made no progress in any direction of integration (the opinion of 39% of the people), 24% see the movement toward greater integration with Russia and the CIS countries, and only 19% believe that Ukraine is moving towards closer integration with the European Union," the expert said. According to her, this view is shared in all the regions except for the south, where there are slightly more of those who saw a greater movement toward integration with Russia and CIS countries (36% vs. 30% of those who did not see any movement). The views of the voters representing different political forces as to the integration direction in which Ukraine progressed over the past year, divided: voters of the Party of Regions (39%) and the Communist Party (38%) mostly believe that Ukraine is moving towards closer integration with Russia and CIS, while the voters of Batkivshchyna (45.5%), UDAR (46%) and Svoboda (52%) believe that Ukraine is not going anywhere at all. The nationwide survey was conducted by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation together with the sociological service of the Razumkov Centre think-tank on 21-24 December 2012.