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 Over Half of Ukrainians are Against Russian Being Official Language, Poll Shows

More than half of Ukrainians are against granting official status to the Russian language, as the data of sociological study conducted in fall shows.

Accordingto the survey, 51% of Ukrainians oppose the official status for theRussian language. At the same time, 41% of respondents support thisposition. Another 8% are undecided, reportsInterfax-Ukraine.

Among the biggest supporters of bilingualism areresidents of Donbas (75%), the South (72%) and the East (53%).However, almost 70% of the residents of central and northernUkraine, and almost 90% of the West do not to support theinitiative. Granting the Russian language the status of the stateone is supported more by elderly and less by youth, more in urbanthan in rural areas.

The study notes that in the past 2 years thenumber of supporters and opposition to the bilingualism hasremained equal. However, in 2012 the level of support for providingRussian with official status rapidly declined, especially in thesecond half.

Regarding the issue of Organization of UkrainianNationalists-Ukrainian Insurgent Army, a quarter of respondentssupported the idea to recognize them participants of the strugglefor the independence of Ukraine, 51% - do not. Another 26% areundecided. In comparison with 2010 the number of supporters of theidea grew from 20 to 23%, and opponents - decreased from 61 to 51%.Also increased the number of undecided on theissue.

The idea to recognize UIA in the struggle forthe independence of Ukraine is supported by more than 60% ofWestern Ukraine, and about a quarter of the inhabitants of centraland northern Ukraine.

More than half of the inhabitants of the East,almost 70% of Donbas and the South do not support such aninitiative. More supportive of the idea are people in the villagesthan in cities. The greatest number of undecided on this issue isamong youth. Among older people - the highest level ofnon-support.

The study was conducted from September 25 toOctober 5, 2012. Audience - Ukrainians aged 18 years and older. Thesample population - 2,000 respondents. Research method - a personalinterview formalized according to the questionnaire (face toface).

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