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Attitude of the population of Ukraine toward Russia and of the population of Russia toward Ukraine, September 2017
The number of the Ukrainians who hold positive attitude to Russia has slightly decreased since May 2017 and in September 2017 was 37% (in May it was 44%). The number of positively disposed to Ukraine people in Russia slightly increased, and in September 2017 it was 32% (it was 26% in May). The attitude of the Ukrainian population to Russia have been better than the attitude of Russia's population towards Ukraine since 2008.
Compared to May 2017, the support for the independence of Ukraine practically did not change: almost 90% of the population believe that Ukraine should be an independent state. At the same time, the number of those who want closed borders and customs with Russia is 49% (it was 43% before). In Russia, compared to May 2017, the number of those who want closed borders and customs with Ukraine has not changed much (decreased from 35% to 34%).
COMMENTARY ABOUT THE STANDARDS FOR THE PUBLICATION OF THE SOCIOLOGICAL RATINGS
It turns out that many people interpret the sociological ratings incorrectly. Partly it is the fault of sociologists because they can not agree on the standards for the publication of ratings (actually they have agreed on some but not all). This comment is ought to help the readers of our site to understand this matter.The first thing that is always made public is the percentage of those who will vote for a particular party (or candidate) WITH THE RESPECT TO ALL RESPONDENTS. This is the direct results of the survey, and in relation to these indicators, the sampling errors are calculated. These data are needed to compare different studies, but THEY DO NOT SHOW WHAT PARTIES WILL BE ELECTED TO THE PARLIAMENT.
Changes in the attitude of the Ukrainians toward Russia and of the Russians toward Ukraine
Mutual hostility of Ukraine and Russia remains to be the general tendency. As it was before, attitude of the Ukrainians toward Russia is better than one of the Russians toward Ukraine. Attitude of the Ukrainians toward Russia has not changed much since September 2015, attitude of the Russians toward Ukraine has gone worse.
Are there issues of discrimination in Ukraine?
About the half of the population think that there is no discrimination in Ukraine. Depending on the kind of discrimination, 23-32% of the population think that there is almost no discrimination, 5-10% - that discrimination of these kinds slightly appears. Only 8.8% of the population experienced discrimination over the past year.
The dynamics of the positive attitude of the population of Ukraine to Russia and the Russian population to Ukraine ("the end of the unrequited love of Ukrainians to Russia")
The number of Ukrainian people who have positive attitude towards Russia has become equal to the number of Russian who are positively related to Ukraine for the first time of observations. In all previous studies Ukrainians had better attitude to Russia than Russians to Ukraine.