Less than half of Ukrainians support NATO membership - poll

Only 20% believe Ukraine will be granted visa free travel to the EU.

Only 45% of the population support the idea of Ukraine's joining NATO, as is seen from a public opinion poll.

Asked how they would vote if a referendum on Ukraine's accession to NATO were held today, 45% of those polled said they would vote in favor of NATO membership, 30% would vote against it, 16% were undecided, and 10% would not cast their ballots.

Asked whether they believed Ukraine would be granted visa free travel to the European Union in 2016, 20% answered positively, 55% negatively, and 25% were undecided.

The Rating sociological group polled 2,400 respondents aged 18 and older under a contract with the International Republican Institute in all Ukrainian regions except the territories currently not controlled by Kyiv from February 17 to March 4, 2016.

The respondents were interviewed personally at home.

Another 1,000 respondents were interviewed in the Mykolayiv and Kherson regions. The margin of error is within 2.0%.

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