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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Anonymous April 11, 2011, 7:01 p.m.    

Kuchma's and Yuschenko's policies of go SLOW but firm are paying OFF as far as Crimea goes...the most credit goes to Kuchma for stabilizing the situation down there and letting sophisticated professional responsible criminals neutralize Moskali hotheads and colonists!

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Anonymous April 11, 2011, 7:16 p.m.    

Let this be an end to the rhetoric that Crimean residents want to be part of Russia!

Hope you read this Peter Hitchens!

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Anonymous April 11, 2011, 7:38 p.m.    

this is good news. now we just need to get them speaking the right language

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Anonymous April 11, 2011, 9:18 p.m.    

when their intelligent elite realizes that knowing the Ukrainian language with some proficiency is the only way their kids can ever become President and true authentic power brokers of sophisticated POWER instead of king of the jungle power; it will happen NATURALLY!

Exhibit A: Yulia Tymoshenko...a decade and a half ago she didn't know a word of Ukrainian; Today she speaks better Ukrainian than Kuchma, Yanukovych, Azarov, Tabachnyck, Putin combined!!! And she is a threat to ALL of them and they don't really know WHAT to do with her. If they simply KILL her she will be a MARTYR and their offspring will forever be disgraced by the action of the fathers.

They have to be very careful HOW they discredit her because she is NOT any worse than them and far better patriot than any of them (even though very tainted with flaws)!

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Anonymous April 11, 2011, 10:04 p.m.    

Crimea was part of Ukraine 1000 years ago before there was any Russia.

Everybody hates Russians, even those who speak Russian.

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Anonymous April 12, 2011, 8:42 a.m.    

I live in Crimea and am not of Russian heritage, and I can assure you that there are very very few people here who hate Russians. In fact in my travels throughout all Ukraine almost all people I have met have friendly feelings towards Russia and people of Russian heritage. Polls confirm this.

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Anonymous April 11, 2011, 10:44 p.m.    

I love the question about feelings towards NATO. Yes, NATO is going to attack Crimea and roll tanks down Sevastopol's prominade!

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Anonymous April 11, 2011, 11:07 p.m.    

you people are idiots LOL ! LOL !

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Anonymous April 12, 2011, 11:52 a.m.    

Mi views as a non-Slav foreigner who travels often to the region, in particular to Crimea, is that I hardly ever heard speaking other language but Russian. People in Crimea think about themselves as Russians abandoned by their brothers. Even my Tatar partners don't speak a word in Ukrainian. Unfortunately there is much poverty in the area and people believe that Ukraine (Kiev) has played against them for decades due preceisely due to their pro-Russian feelings; it is not strange that most of people in Crimea think they would be much better with Russia.

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