Support for Ukraine's accession to the EU among the country's population is gradually growing and now stands at 53%, Director of the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation Iryna Bekeshkina said at a press conference on Thursday.
"According to the study, our population's support for Ukraine's accession to the EU has increased and now stands at 53%... At the same time, there are regional differences. For example, support for EU accession unites residents of the western and central regions (88% and 66%), but the majority of the population in the south, east and Donbas opposes EU membership," the sociologist said. Bekeshkina also said that most Ukrainians do not support Ukraine's accession to the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. "The prospects of joining the Customs Union collapsed by almost two times compared with the previous figures. In general, the idea of such membership is supported by only a quarter of those polled, 61% are against it, and 14% are undecided... It's obvious that in public opinion there is no alternative to European integration," she said. A nationwide survey of public opinion was conducted by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation along with the Razumkov Center from May 14 to May 18, 2014. The survey was conducted in all regions except Crimea. A total of 2,011 respondents were interviewed.