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Sociology: 12% of Ukrainians against learning Russian at Ukrainian schools

The majority of respondents think it is necessary to learn Russian as much as English or German
18:44, 16 May 2019

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More than 12% of Ukrainians believe that there is no need to learn Russian at Ukrainian schools. The survey of the Social Monitoring Center, sociological group Rating and the Ukrainian Institute for Social Research after Oleksandr Yaremenko shows this. 

12.1% of respondents answered there was no need to learn the Russian language. The idea received the highest percentage in the west of Ukraine - 30.3%; the lowest is in the south, - only 1.2% of respondents.

At the same time, 23.9% of respondents believe Russian should be learned in the same amount as Ukrainian in schools. The majority of supporters of this idea are from the south - 47.2%, and only 6.5% - in the west of the country.

Another 22% of respondents believe that Russian should be learned less than Ukrainian, replaced by other foreign languages, such as English. The east of Ukraine actively supports this thesis - 32.8% of respondents, and 9.1% of respondents in the west.

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At the same time, 35.8% believe that Russian can be equalized “in rights” with foreign languages or even pay it less attention than, for example, to English or German. Respondents in the north of the country advocate this idea - 51.2%, and not many of them - in the south, only 15.7%.

33% of respondents want to watch television in Ukrainian or only in Ukrainian. 30.8% of respondents want to watch television equally in Russian and Ukrainian, and more than 13.7% of respondents rather prefer the Russian language.

67.5% of respondents fully or partially support language quotas on television on 75% of airtime in Ukrainian language and 23.8% of respondents do not support it. The majority of opponents of language quotas are in the south of Ukraine - 45.2%. 

As it was reported earlier, the main issue in Ukraine which requires immediate solution is a ceasefire in Donbas, as Ukrainian people believe. 

Related: Ukraine's language law officially published

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