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Most Ukrainians backed the idea of granting the national language status to Russian in a recent public poll
The poll was conducted by the Kiev International Sociology Institute and the sociological service of the Alexander Razumkov Ukrainian Center of Economic and Political Research on May 10-23, 2005. According to the poll, 56.2% of Ukrainians agreed that Russian should be made second national language in Ukraine, 35.9% disagreed and 7.8% failed to answer this question. Most respondents in Western Ukraine (72.8%) came out against granting the national language status to Russian. In Central Ukraine opinions divided about 50/50 and in Southern and Eastern Ukraine the majority spoke in favor of making Russian the second national language. Moreover, 53.8% of Ukrainians agreed that Ukraine should introduce dual citizenship with Russia, while 32.9% disagreed and 13.3% failed to give an answer. All in all, 11,115 people were polled in 306 towns and 187 villages in all Ukrainian regions, Kiev and the Crimean autonomy. The theoretical error does not exceed 1%
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