Rating survey: Most Ukrainians say Ukrainian must remain only state language

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More than half of Ukrainians (61 percent) believe that the Ukrainian language should be the only state language, while the Russian language should be freely used in all spheres of life, according to a poll conducted by the sociological group Rating.

According to the results of the poll released Thursday in Kyiv, 17 percent of respondents believe that the Russian language should be granted official status in certain regions and at the same time Ukrainian should retain state status. .

Some 19 percent spoke for the possibility of the state status of both Ukrainian and Russian languages. According to the survey, the largest number of supporters of the provision of the Russian language with a certain status is in southern and eastern areas of Ukraine. At the same time, even in these regions, the number of those who favor the preservation of the status quo of the state language policy is 40-45 percent.

The sociological survey was conducted by the Rating from June 22 to July 5, 2018. The study covered the entire population of Ukraine aged 18 and older representing the population by age, sex, region and type of settlement. Some 3,200 persons took part. The margin of error of survey results does not exceed 1.7 percent.

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