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According to the survey, 51% of Ukrainians are against granting official status to the Russian language. At the same time, 41% of respondents supported this position, and 8% were undecided.

Among the biggest supporters of there being two official languages in Ukraine are residents of Donbas (75%), southern (72%) and eastern regions (53%). However, almost 70% of residents of central and northern Ukraine, as well as almost 90% residents of western Ukraine, do not support such an initiative. Granting Russian the status of official language is most supported by elderly people and least supported by young people, more in towns and cities than in rural areas.

The study notes that the percentage of opponents and supporters of bilingualism in Ukraine has been almost equal over the last two years. However, in 2012 the level of support for granting official status to Russian fell dramatically, especially in the second half of the year.

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