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 Support for NATO membership reached 48% in Ukraine

A new poll released by International Republican Institute found high voter enthusiasm ahead of the upcoming Oct. 25 local elections, a continuing frustration over the pace of reforms and a troubling lack of understanding about the reforms being pursued. The poll also found increased public support for NATO membership.

Censor.NET reports citing Radio Svoboda.

IRI's poll saw the highest level of support for NATO membership in any survey the Institute has conducted. When asked whether they would vote for Ukraine to join NATO in a referendum, 48 percent of respondents said they would - a seven point increase since IRI's last survey - while only 28 percent said they would vote against this decision. In addition, a strong majority (57 percent) continue to support Ukraine's integration with the European Union.

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The poll was conducted in all regions of Ukraine (with the exception of the Crimea and the occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions) from Sep. 7-21, 2015, with an oversample in the Zakarpattia region (see poll presentation for methodology). The national survey had a randomly selected sample of 1,200 permanent residents of Ukraine aged 18 and older and eligible to vote. The margin of error does not exceed plus or minus 2.8 percent, and the response rate was 63.9 percent.

 
 
 
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