EDB Integration Barometer — 2017

Topic: Global governance
Year: 2017
Publisher: EDB Centre for Integration Studies
Authors / Editors: , , , , , , , , ,
ISBN: 978-5-906157-31-7


According to the report of a years-long research project “EDB Integration Barometer”, the Eurasian Economic Union continues to enjoy significant trust and support from between 50% and 83% of the population of its five member states, as well as Tajikistan (69%). At the same time, positive attitudes towards Eurasian integration have been declining gradually, both in the EAEU countries and beyond.

Over the EAEU’s first years, from 2015 to 2017, the most significant decline in public support for membership of the Union was recorded in Russia (from 78% to 68% of the population) and Armenia (from 56% to 46% in 2015-2016, with an increase to 50% in 2017). In other EAEU countries, public support for Eurasian integration reduced at a moderate pace: from 80% to 76% in Kazakhstan, and from 60% to 56% in Belarus. It should be mentioned that the highest support for Eurasian integration in these countries was recorded in 2014, with indicators averaging 10 percentage points higher than in 2017.

In the Kyrgyz Republic, the population has been demonstrating the most positive attitudes to the EAEU membership since 2015. The actual figures changed insignificantly, from 86% to 83% in 2016 and 2017 respectively. It shouldn’t be forgotten that in 2014 only 50% of the Kyrgyz population supported the country’s possible accession to the EAEU and 30% were against this possibility.

The research has shown that the population of Moldova is becoming disenchanted with the EAEU (from 53% to 48% of survey participants). Russian respondents demonstrate little interest with respect to foreign specialists working in the country and to scientific and technological cooperation with countries in the CIS region. There has also been a drop in the level of trust that they feel for China. Finally, EAEU member states, Tajikistan, and Moldova are characterised by phenomenal density of social ties and mutual trust to the neighbouring CIS countries.

These are some results of the “EDB Integration Barometer – 2017” project. The project included population surveys in five EAEU member states, Tajikistan and Moldova where at least 1,000 people were polled. The measurements of public mood have been conducted yearly since 2012 as a joint project by the EDB Centre for Integration Studies and International Research Agency “Eurasian Monitor”.

More information about the report, its summary, methodology, and results of the research can be found on the Eurasian Development Bank’s website at: “EDB Integration Barometer – 2017”.

Table of Contents

Acronyms and Abbreviations
Analytical Summary
1 Public Perception of Regional Integration in The Eurasian Space
1.1 Perception of Integration Associations in the Post-Soviet Space
1.2 Perception of Possible Integration Actions within the EAEU
1.3 Perception of Integration Prospects in the Post-Soviet Space
2 Political Attraction
2.1 Perception of Friendliness/Unfriendliness of Other Countries
2.2 Military and Political Cooperation Vectors
3 Economic Attraction
3.1 Consumer Preferences
3.2 Preferred Sources of Foreign Capital
3.3 Preferences in Scientific and Technical Cooperation
3.4 Preferences in Immigration (Engagement of Foreign Labour)
3.5 Intentions with Respect to Labour Migration
3.6 Intentions with Respect to Long-Term Emigration
4 Sociocultural Attraction
4.1 Cognitive Interest in Other Countries
4.2 Personal Communication with Representatives of Other Countries
4.3 Personal Experience of Visiting Other Countries
4.4 Attractiveness of Education in Other Countries
4.5 Tourism-Related Orientations and Interests
4.6 Interest in Works of Art and Cultural Products of Other Countries
4.7 Preferences in Tourist Exchanges with Other Countries
5 Aggregation of “Attraction” Indicators (Integration Preferences) in Integrated Indices
5.1 Country Category Attraction Indices of PSS Countries
5.2 Mutual Attraction Indices
5.3 Network Analysis of Countries’ Mutual Attraction
6 Sociodemographic Differentiation of Integration Attitudes
6.1 Political Integration
6.2 Economic Integration
6.3 Sociocultural Integration
6.4 Perception of the Eurasian Economic Union
Afterword and General Conclusions
Appendix 1: Research and Data Analysis Methodology
A1.1 Purpose, Object, Subject Matter, and Methodology of the Research
A1.2 Organization and Conduct of Polls (Field Stage)
A1.3 Index Aggregation

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Poll conducted

  1. In your opinion, what are the US long-term goals for Russia?
    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
     33 (31%)
    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
     30 (28%)
    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
     21 (19%)
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