Majority of Ukrainians support autocephaly of Ukrainian church – poll

16:55, 17 October 2018
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Residents of Ukraine's western and central regions mostly support the creation of the single local church, that is, 68% and 58%, respectively.

Supporters of the idea account for at least 45% in the southern regions and 37% in the western regions. However, there is a relatively large number of those who are indifferent or negative about the move (a quarter of respondents in each category).

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In terms of confessions, the initiative of autocephaly has the greatest support (over 75%) among the parishioners of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP).

Such respondents account for about 50% among representatives of other confessions.

The idea of establishing the single local church has the greatest resistance among the parishioners of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), where more than half of respondents have a negative attitude toward this. Nevertheless, almost a third of the parishioners (28%) spoke in favor of the autocephaly.

The poll was conducted from September 27 to October 4 through personal formalized interviews (face-to-face). The study involved 2,000 respondents aged 18 and older.

Earlier, the exarchs of the Constantinople Patriarchate reaffirmed their readiness to cooperate with the clergy of UOC-KP and UOC-MP to grant the tomos on autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

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