How many Ukrainians support the teaching of Russian in schools? Poll
52% of surveyed Ukrainians are against children learning Russian in schools. 42% support the preservation of the teaching of the Russian language in Ukrainian schools, according to the survey conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology. However, the vast majority of those who support the teaching of Russian would like to spend as much or less time on this language than on other foreign languages. 6% believe that more time should be devoted to the Russian language than to other foreign languages, and 3% are sure that Russian should be studied at the same level as Ukrainian. Sociologists note that compared to 1998 and 2009, the attitude of Ukrainians to learning Russian in schools has changed significantly. Sociologists note that compared to 1998 and 2009, the attitude of Ukrainians to learning Russian in schools has changed significantly. At the same time, in 1998, people were not asked at all whether they should learn Russian, instead they were asked how much time to devote to it. The number of people who believe that the Russian language should be completely excluded from school programs has increased in every region. Regional specificity remains today Regional specificity remains today: in the east of Ukraine, there are more people who want to preserve the study of the Russian language to a certain extent, and in the west – those who are against its study. Regardless of the answer to the question about the language, the majority of respondents (80-88%) answered that they are not ready for territorial concessions by the Russian Federation in order to achieve peace. The majority is not ready for territorial concessions of the Russian Federation for the sake of achieving peace “Since now the issue of the Russian language is often tied to “pro-Russian” sentiments, the graph shows data on how ready the respondents are for territorial concessions depending on their views on studying the Russian language in schools. Although those , who support preserving the study of the Russian language in schools, are somewhat more inclined to make concessions, but even among them the absolute majority opposes any territorial concessions,” say sociologists. The survey was conducted on February 14-22, 2023. 1017 respondents living in all regions of Ukraine were interviewed. The sample did not include residents of territories that are temporarily not controlled by the authorities of Ukraine, and the survey was not conducted with citizens who left the country after February 24, 2022. The statistical error of such a sample (with a probability of 0.95 and taking into account the design effect of 1.1) did not exceed 3.4% for indicators close to 50%, 3.0% for indicators close to 25%, 2.1% – for indicators close to 10%, 1.5% – for indicators close to 5%. Under conditions of war, in addition to the specified formal error, a certain systematic deviation is added. We will remind, according to the data of the departments of education in different regions of Ukraine, in November 2022 there were almost no schools left where children study Russian language and literature.
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