55% of Ukrainians disagree with the statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin that "Ukrainians and Russians are one people belonging to the same historical and spiritual space." But 41% agree with this, and 4% found it difficult to answer.
This is stated in the results of a survey of the sociological group Rating.
Thus, most of all this thesis was supported by residents of Eastern Ukraine (for—65%, against—30%), and least of all—in the West of the country (for—22%, against—75%). As for age, this statement was most supported by Ukrainians from 18 to 29 years old (for—44%, against—52%), and least of all—among those between 40 and 59 years old (for—39%, against—58%).
The parishioners of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (66% for, 30% against) and voters of the party Opposition Platform—For Life, Murayev's party Nashi and Party of Shariy (86.85 and 82%, respectively) actively support Putin's opinion.
The group Rating conducted a survey from 23 to 25 July among 2,500 Ukrainians aged over 18 throughout Ukraine, except for the temporarily occupied territories, using telephone interviews.
Context. In mid-July, the Kremlin published Putin’s article in which he reflected on the theme that "Russians and Ukrainians are one people."