MOST ORTHODOX UKRAINIANS SUPPORT CREATION OF P.Ts.U. AND CALL THEMSELVES ITS PARISHIONERS—SURVEY
RISU, 22 May 2019
Ukrainian Christians in their majority view positively the creation of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (PTsU) and among Orthodox it is the PTsU to which the majority belongs. This was shown in a survey by the KMIS, TSN reports.
Thus, 48.8% of those questioned belong to the PTsU, 16.3% consider themselves as not belonging to a patriarchate, 14.2% are believers of the UPTsMP, 8.8% belong to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 4.3% consider themselves atheists, 4.9% belong to other confessions taken together, and 2.7% have difficulty saying.
Among the respondents who view the creation of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and the presentation of the tomos to it positively, 64.5% consider that the conditions established in the tomos are sufficient for the development of an independent Ukrainian church and the tomos should not be rejected. In turn, 8.8% consider that the conditions are unfavorable for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and the tomos should be rejected and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate should be revived. 26.7% could not or would not answer the question.
Of respondents, 50.6% think that the presentation of the tomos is more likely to unite society while 30.5% in contrast think that it is more likely a divisive factor for Ukraine. 18.9% could not or would not answer the question.
The survey was conducted from 12 to 18 May by means of a telephone survey of cell phones; 1200 respondents aged 18 years and more were questioned. The margin of error is more than 2.9%. (tr. by PDS, posted 22 May 2019)
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