Razumkov Center: 35% of Ukrainians support creation of the One Local Orthodox Church
35% of Ukrainians support the creation of the One Local Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Ukraine, 19% do not support it, 33.5% said they were not interested, and 12% hesitated to answer.
This is evidenced by the results of a nationwide survey conducted by the Razumkov Center in cooperation with the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation from August 16 to 22, 2018, Hromadske reports.
The Center interviewed 2,019 respondents aged 18 and over in all regions of Ukraine, with the exception of Crimea and the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. According to surveyors, the theoretical sample error does not exceed 2.3%.
The report also reveals that the creation of the One Local Church is mostly supported by faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kyiv Patriarchate, 61% spoke in favor and 11% - against, while among the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), 27% are positive, and 42% do not support it.
In general, among those who consider themselves Orthodox, 41% support the creation of the Local Autocephalous Orthodox Church, 21% do not support it.
40% of Greek Catholics expressed their support, while 19% were against the creation of the Local Autocephalous Orthodox Church. However, 42% of them were not interested in this question or were hesitant to answer.
The vast majority of those who do not adhere to any of the religions (84.5%) and those who consider themselves “just Christians” (74%), as well as more than half of those who said that they are “just Orthodox” (without adhering to any particular Orthodox Church) (56%) either replied that they were not interested in it or were hesitant to answer.
The share of those who support the creation of the Local Autocephalous Orthodox Church prevails over those who do not in the Western (respectively 60.5% and 12%) and Central (respectively 41% and 15%) regions. In the Eastern region, on the contrary, the part of those who do not support prevails (14% and 32% respectively), whereas in the Southern region their shares do not differ statistically significantly (16% and 18% respectively). In the Eastern and Southern regions, most people either are not interested in this problem or are undetermined (54% in the East and 66% in the South).
As reported, on September 1-3, in Istanbul, a general meeting of the episcopate of the Patriarchate of Constantinople took place. It discussed the issue of creating the One Local Ukrainian Church.