Interfax: Ukrainian public split over EU/Customs Union options – poll

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KYIV. Nov 26 (Interfax) – Ukraine is split practically 50/50 over the accession to the European Union or the Customs Union. Europe is favored by 39% of Ukrainians, and 37% prefer the Customs Union, said the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology.

Some 76% of the Ukrainians polled in the middle of this November said they were ready to take part in a referendum on the foreign policy vector.

Same as before, the European Union is mostly chosen over the Customs Union in the western and central regions (69% vs. 11% and 43% vs. 27%), while the Customs Union is more popular in the southern and eastern regions (51% vs. 29% and 61% vs. 15%).

Similar with the poll of this September, the entry into the EU mostly gained the support of young Ukrainians (52% of the respondents aged from 18 to 29 and 41% of the respondents aged from 30 to 39), while the Customs Union is favored by older citizens (41% of the respondents aged from 50 to 59, 42% of the respondents aged from 60 to 69, and 48% of the respondents older than 70).

A total of 2,044 respondents older than 18 were polled in all Ukrainian regions, Kyiv and the Crimea on November 9-20, 2013.

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