Poll: Almost half Ukrainians doubt government's ability to protect sovereignty

Only 10.7 percent of polled Ukrainians think the government's current security and defense policy fully meets national interests.

Only 10.7 percent of polled Ukrainians think the government's current security and defense policy fully meets national interests.

Forty-two per cent of respondents think state policies in this sphere partly meet national interests; 30.9 percent hold to the opposite opinion, and 16.4 percent could not answer, according to the findings of a poll conducted by the Razumkov Centre, which were unveiled at a press conference at Interfax in Kyiv on Tuesday.

Furthermore, 46.2 percent of respondents consider the new Ukrainian government unable to protect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine; 26.1 percent of respondents think the opposite.

Forty-nine point three per cent of respondents think Ukraine must regain its status of a nuclear state; 27.7 percent of respondents are opposed.

Nuclear status is favored by a majority of residents in the western and central regions of Ukraine (64.3 percent and 60.3 percent, respectively) and a relative majority in the country's south (39.5 percent).

In the eastern region, the proportions of supporters and opponents of nuclear status are approximately the same (36.8 percent and 39.5 percent)

The poll was conducted on October 5-10, 2014. A total of 2,014 respondents were polled in all Ukrainian regions.

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