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Ukrainians love Duda and Johnson, want to join EU and NATO – opinion poll

EU and Ukrainian flags during the clashes with riot police on Hrushevskoho street in Kyiv on 23 January 2014 amid the Euromaidan protests. The months-long Euromaidan protests turning into the Revolution of Dignity started as the society’s response to then-President Viktor Yanukovych’s sudden decision not to sign a political association and free trade agreement with the European Union. Photo: WIkimedia Commons
Ukrainians love Duda and Johnson, want to join EU and NATO – opinion poll
Over 90% of Ukrainians have positive attitudes to Polish President Duda and UK Prime Minister Johnson.

The support for Ukraine’s NATO accession has reached the previously observed historic high, while Ukrainians think that their country will join the EU at some point in the upcoming years. Also, Ukrainians believe that the country’s current course isn’t wrong and that Ukraine will repel the Russian invasion in six or more months. These are the major finds of the 13th national survey by the Rating Group, one of Ukraine’s major pollsters.

The 13th war-time national poll, conducted by the Sociological Group “Rating” on June 18-19, 2022, shows that 75% of the respondents believe that things in Ukraine are moving in the right direction. 13% have the opposite opinion, and another 12% could not make an assessment. The assessment of the country’s direction as the right one continues to dominate in all the regions of Ukraine and across all the age groups.

93% of respondents believe that Ukraine will be able to repel Russia’s attack. Such a high level of confidence is observed among the residents of all the macro-regions and among the representatives of different age groups.

Graph: Rating Group 18-19 June 2022 national poll

Despite the high level of confidence in Ukraine’s victory in the war, the respondents are more “sober” in their estimates of the timing of the victory. Today, the majority of them (67%) believe that it will take Ukraine at least six months or more to win. A quarter of the respondents believe in the victory in a few months, and about 6%, in a few weeks. There are slightly more those who wish the victory to happen in a shorter time among the senior respondents. Nevertheless, even in this age group, half of the respondents anticipate the victory in six months to a year period.

Graph: Rating Group 18-19 June 2022 national poll

Polish President Duda and British Prime Minister Johnson are the foreign leaders who enjoy the highest positive attitudes among Ukrainians – over 90% (74-76% of the attitudes are completely positive, while 15-16% are rather positive). 89% of the respondents have a positive attitude towards US President Biden, 73% approve Lithuanian President Nausėda, 71% the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, 59% Turkish President Erdoğan, 58% French President Macron, and 50%, to Romanian President Iohannis (30% don’t know him). 45% of the respondents have a positive attitude to the Prime Minister of Italy Draghi (25% do not know him), and 41% German Chancellor Scholz. Negative attitudes prevail towards Hungary’s Prime Minister Orbán: 53%. 20% have a positive attitude toward him, and 20% do not know him.

The absolute majority of the respondents have a negative attitude towards the leaders of Belarus (95%) and Russia (98%).

The attitudes towards Chancellor Scholz and the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen have improved over the last two months, while the attitudes to the President of Türkiye Erdoğan and to the President of France Macron have worsened.

Graph: Rating Group 18-19 June 2022 national poll

87% of the respondents would support Ukraine’s accession to the European Union in the event of a referendum (4% would be against it and 8% would not vote). The support for EU accession is unanimous among the representatives of all the macro-regions and all the age groups.

69% of respondents believe that Ukraine will join the EU in 5 years (40% believe it will happen in 1-2 years, and 29%, up to five years). Another 14% believe that Ukraine will become a member of the EU in the next 5 to 10 years, and 3%, in 10 to 20 years. Only 7% do not believe that Ukraine will integrate into the European Union.

Graph: Rating Group 18-19 June 2022 national poll

The support of Ukraine’s NATO membership has increased again to its historic high: 76% would support such an initiative in a referendum, 10% would not support it, and 12% would not vote. In March 2022, 68% supported joining the Alliance. In contrast to joining the EU, joining NATO is more cautiously perceived by the respondents in the East of Ukraine (55% of them support the membership, 20% are against, and 22% would not go to the polls).

Graph: Rating Group 18-19 June 2022 national poll
Audience: the population of Ukraine aged 18 and older in all oblasts, except for the temporarily occupied territories of the Crimea and Donbas, as well as the territories where there was no Ukrainian mobile connection at the time of the survey. The results were weighted using current data from the State Statistics Service of Ukraine. The sample is representative by age, sex, and type of settlement. Sample population: 1200 respondents. Survey method: CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews). Error of representativeness of the study with the confidence level of 0.95: not more than 2.8%. Dates: June 18-19, 2022.

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