Over 80% of Ukrainians associate Ukraine’s prosperous future with EU membership — poll
The majority of Ukrainians see Ukraine as free and prosperous within the EU (Photo:European Union in Ukraine/Facebook)
Some 82% of Ukrainians believe that the future of Ukraine as a prosperous free country depends on whether it becomes a member of the European Union.
The results of the survey conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology show that 50% of respondents fully agree with this assertion, against 14% who oppose it, a press release about the survey issued on March 12 reads.
An absolute majority of the population in all regions of Ukraine believes that Ukraine’s future prosperity depends on joining the European Union. In particular, residents of eastern and southern Ukraine — 78% and 81%, respectively — share this opinion, against 17% and 14%, respectively, who disagree.
The survey was conducted from Feb. 14 to Feb. 22 and Feb. 22 to March 6. Some 2,007 and 985 people, respectively, were interviewed by phone in all regions of Ukraine, with the exception of the occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea. Those who went abroad after Feb. 24 were also not interviewed.
EU leaders granted Ukraine and Moldova candidate status on June 23, 2022. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called the granting of this status a historical moment in relationships between Ukraine and the European Union.
The European Council invited the European Commission to report on the candidate countries’ implementation of membership conditions, and promised to decide on further steps “as soon as all these conditions are fully met.”
In early December, the Minister for Climate and Europe at the German Foreign Office, Anne Lührmann, said Ukraine had made significant progress in implementing the reforms needed to become an EU member, so accession talks could start shortly.
In late February 2023, Zelenskyy said that the time had come to start negotiations on Ukraine’s accession to the European Union.
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