Relations with Russia, quotas and Donbas autonomy: Ukrainians’ view

Author : Viktor Ruzhynsky

Source : 112 Ukraine

The interview of Kyiv International Institute of Sociology showed tendencies of change of Ukrainians opinions
14:15, 18 March 2019

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From February 28 to March 11, Ukrainians were answering several important questions. All these questions were asked many times before so the general tendency could be detected and the main conclusion is that it is not about different social platforms, it is more about us.

So, one of the key questions remained all the recent years, as it is one of the most important indicators of the situation in the country:

“If for returning peace in Ukraine it was necessary to grant autonomy to the uncontrolled territories of Donbas (“DNR” and “LPR”), would you support such a proposal?”

According to the last survey, 51% of Ukrainians are generally ready to support the idea of giving Donbas autonomy within Ukraine (while 28% are sure that they would support it and another 23% would rather support it).

24% of people do not support the idea of autonomy (15.2% would not support such a proposal and 8.8% would rather not support it).

Which means, at the moment, there are twice more of Ukrainians who are ready to discuss the autonomy of Donbas then their opponents.

At the same time, this topic is practically not discussed by presidential candidates in Ukraine. And in fact, only one candidate stands for direct negotiations regarding the future of Donbas and its relations with Ukraine. It can be seen from the election programs. His name is Yuriy Boyko.

The second question is more complex as it consists of several parts.

To begin, Ukrainians were asked about what they think about banning Russian TV channels in Ukraine.

53.5% of Ukrainians considered this a restriction of the rights of citizens, while only 31.7% called such a move necessary.

Then a question was asked about the ban on tours for some Russian artists and ban on showing films. 59.6% of citizens reacted negatively to it, while only 27.7% supported it.

The issue of quotas on Ukrainian language on radio and TV was also raised. 42.2% of Ukrainians called this idea inexpedient and only 32.2% supported it.

At the same time, the tendency is very indicative. For example, in last year September, according to a KIIS poll, 32.5% of respondents were in favor of banning Russian TV channels. Over the year, their number has decreased by almost 1%.

In February 2018, 43.7% of respondents considered the ban on TV channels a mistake. During the year, their number increased by almost 10% - to 53.5%.

Since February last year, the number of respondents who support banning certain Russian artists from Ukraine has decreased from 29.2% to 27%, while those who consider such a ban a mistake increased from 53% to 59.6% over the same period.

Regarding the ban on Russian social networks, the trend is similar. Since February last year, the number of supporters of this step has decreased to 28.8%, and those who consider such a step a mistake increased to 53.2%.

Despite the massive state campaign in support of quotas for Ukrainian language, 32.2% of respondents support it, while there are 10% more respondents who oppose it.

Should I make conclusions from the abovementioned information? Definitely. But first of all such conclusions should be made by politicians running for the presidency. So far, except for some exceptions, it seems the conclusions were not made.

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