[Marxism] Ukraine favors Europe over Russia, new CNN poll finds - CNN.com

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed May 14 06:59:35 MDT 2014

The CNN poll found that even in eastern Ukraine, a minority of people 
back an alliance with Russia.

Just over a third (37%) of Ukrainians in three eastern regions favor an 
alliance with Russia, while 14% of the region backs an alliance with the 
European Union and about half (49%) say Ukraine would be better off if 
it did not ally with either, the poll found.

"Eastern Ukraine" includes the regions of Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv, 
which are generally seen as among the most pro-Russian areas in the country.

Donetsk and Luhansk held referendums on independence on Sunday, with an 
election official in Donetsk saying Monday the region had voted 90% in 

Nationwide, a slight majority (54%) said it would be good for Ukraine to 
join the EU. More than eight out of 10 (82%) said it would be bad for 
the country to have Russian troops in Ukraine.

And despite the crisis that has pitted Russia against the United States 
and European Union over the fate of the second-largest country in 
Europe, Ukrainians are optimistic about the future.

Two out of three people said they were optimistic about the political 
future of the country (65%) and the same proportion (67%) said they were 
optimistic about its economic future.


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