Almost 50% of citizens not interested in the question of autocephaly in Ukraine – poll

Every third inhabitant of Odessa, said that he believes in God

Research in Odessa was carried out by the European Institute of social communications.

48.8% of Odessa is not interested in the question of granting autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, according to the Context.

Such data are announced during a press conference “Odessa: religion and politics” held on 3 July.

Every third Respondent Odessa (33.3%) of respondents to the questionnaire stated that believes in God, but to any religious community does not belong. While 42,3% of the respondents consider the role of religion in modern society is neutral. About his Orthodox religion said 41, 2% of respondents, with 20.8 per cent of them identified themselves to the Kievan “Patriarchate”, and 19,7% – to the UOC.

A survey conducted by sociologists from the European Institute of social communications C17 may to 1 June 2018 in the city of Odessa. Altogether, 1,200 people.

The Deputy of the Odessa regional Council, associate Professor, Department of European integration of the Odessa regional Institute of public administration Alexander Ostapenko considers that Odessa has managed to create the idea that the question of autocephaly lies in the political arena, not in the spiritual. According to Ostapenko, due to the fact, as this topic is covered by the media.

Previous research with a similar theme was published by the Fund “Democratic initiatives” name Ilka Kucheriva and sociological service of the Razumkov Center. According to the results, about 31 % of Ukrainians voted for the establishment of a Local Autocephalous Orthodox Church, 20 % against.

In mid-April, Poroshenko appealed to the Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew to grant the Tomos of autocephaly of the Church in Ukraine and announced the creation of a Single Local Church. The Verkhovna Rada supported the President.

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