The majority of Ukrainians are optimistic about their country's timeframe for joining the European Union: according to a new survey, 60.5% believe that Ukraine could become an EU member in less than a decade, Ukrainian newspaper ZN reported on Nov. 9, based on a poll conducted by the Razumkov Centre.
The survey shows that 60.5% of Ukrainians think EU accession is likely within ten years. A third of them, or 20.6% of the total, suggest it could happen within two years, echoing the rather optimistic statements by Ukrainian authorities.
Additionally, 19.9% of those surveyed consider a three-to-four-year timeframe realistic for joining the EU, while 14.3% believe it could take five to six years, and 5.7% forecast seven to nine years.
A minority, 3.7%, expect that Ukraine could join the European Union within 10 to 15 years, and a mere 2% believe it may take longer than 15 years, with 6.1% choosing the option "never."
Notably, nearly 28% of participants could not determine how long Ukraine's journey to EU membership might take or refused to answer the question.
The survey was conducted face-to-face from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4, 2023, across 22 Ukrainian oblasts and the capital city of Kyiv. A total of 2019 respondents aged 18 and above participated. The theoretical margin of error does not exceed 2.3%.
The Commission believes that Kyiv has sufficiently met key criteria for the talks to begin. Now, the final decision rests with the European Council, meaning leaders from the 27 EU countries must come to a unanimous agreement.
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