‘Overwhelming majority’ of urban Ukrainians patriotic, poll finds

 

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Ukrainian nationalism is often viewed as primarily a rural phenomenon, but a new poll conducted by three leading Ukrainian sociological agencies finds that “the overwhelming majority of residents of Ukrainian cities of more than a million residents each consider themselves to be patriots and are proud that they are Ukrainians.”

That is how Ukrayinska Pravda summarizes the results which showed that 86 percent of Lviv residents, 64 percent of Odesa residents, and 62 percent of Kharkiv ones said they considered themselves Ukrainian patriots. Residents said they were proud to be Ukrainian citizens 85 percent, 68 percent, and 65 percent respectively.

Only two percent of Lviv residents, eight percent of people in Kharkiv, and 10 percent in Odesa said they were not proud to be Ukrainians, figures that call into question the claims of some pro-Moscow groups that sizable numbers of people in the cities are less than pleased to be in Ukraine.

The poll did find greater variation in the attitudes of urban residents to the kind of state system in Ukraine they would like to have. Supporters of a unitary state numbered 80 percent in Lviv but only 46 percent in Odesa and Kharkiv, with support for federal arrangements ranging from eight percent in Lviv to 28 percent in Kharkiv and 44 percent in Odesa.

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