Poll: Most Crimean residents consider Ukraine their motherland

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April 11, 2011, 5:38 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
The number of Crimean residents who consider Ukraine their motherland increased from 32% to 71.3% from 2008 through 2011, according to the results of a survey conducted by the Razumkov Center together with the Frindrich Naumann Foundation in Ukraine. At the same time, this rate is the lowest of the regions of Ukraine. It totals 93% on average across the country.

The attitude towards NATO in Crimea also differs from other findings in the regions of Ukraine: some 51% of the Crimean residents said there is a threat from the alliance, while across the country this rate is 20.6% on average.

Most Crimean residents, or 59%, said that the largest threat is international terrorism.

Some 17.9% of the Crimean residents said that there is a real threat of confrontation between the various regions of Ukraine, while 13% of the residents said that there is threat from the United States and Ukrainian authorities.

At the same time, the percentage of Crimean residents who thought there was a possibility of acute conflict more than halved, from 24.4% to 10.2% from 2008 through 201.

The Crimea survey was conducted on February 21 through March 14, 2011 in Crimea and Sevastopol.

The poll's margin of error does not exceed 2.3%. The national survey was conducted on March 1-10, 2011. That poll's margin of error is the same. Some 2,001 people were polled in the study.
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