The support of Ukrainians for their country to join the European Union (EU) is on the rise and is breaking records, while support for a hypothetical entry into NATO is falling, according to a survey.
91% of Ukrainians are in favor of joining the EU, according to a survey carried out by the Rating Sociological Institute between March 30 and 31, and quoted by the Ukrainian agency Ukrinform.
Before the outbreak of the war on February 24, only 68% of citizens supported joining the Union, a percentage that has been increasing during weeks of conflict, until reaching a record, according to data from the institute.
56% of those interviewed in the survey, which covered all regions of Ukraine except Crimea and the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, expressed the conviction that accession will take place in the next two to three years.
23% believe that this will happen during the next five years.
On the contrary, according to the survey, the number of Ukrainians in favor of NATO membership decreased to pre-war levels.
Before the beginning of the Russian invasion, 68% of the respondents supported it, but in the first days of the hostilities this percentage rose to 76% and now it has fallen back to the previous level.
The survey was conducted by telephone to 1,500 Ukrainian adults and, according to the institute, has a confidence level of 95% with a margin of error of the estimates of no more than 2.5%.