Half of Ukrainian citizens do not support granting a special status to Donbas, according to a public opinion poll conducted by the Razumkov Centre for Sociological Research on September 9 through September 14, 2016.
However, 22.7% of respondents support such an idea and 27.3% found it difficult to answer the question, according to the findings of the poll ”Citizens` Attitude to the Situation in Donbas,” posted on the Razumkov Centre`s website.
The special status for Donbas is not supported by most of residents of western and central regions and a relative majority of residents of southern regions. In eastern regions and government-controlled part of Donbas the number of supporters and opponents is almost the same.
Further, 50.6% of respondents do not support holding local elections in the occupied areas in Donbas before their return under control of Ukrainian government. Some 23.9% advocate the elections before this happens, while 25.4% have found difficult to answer this question. Most of respondents in the west and central areas of the country, as well as a relative majority in southern regions are against the local elections in Donbas. In eastern regions and Ukrainian-controlled areas of Donbas, the share of respondents who are for and against this idea is nearly equal.
A total of 38.5% of those polled are against the amnesty of members of separatist movements, who have not committed grave crimes, while 34% support such amnesty.
Some 42.1% of the pollees support the termination of all economic relations between Ukraine and the self-proclaimed republics in Donbas until Ukraine retakes these territories. A total of 36% are against such economic blockade, while 21.9% have found difficult to answer the question.
What is more, 44.2% of respondents support the idea of holding a nationwide referendum on the status of the temporarily occupied areas in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, while 32.8% are against it.
The poll also included a question about the implementation of the Minsk peace agreement on Donbas. Some 39.1% of respondents do not deem the Minsk agreements as efficient, while 11.9% speak positively about them. A total of 21.1% are neutral about the agreements.
The Razumkov Centre polled 2,018 respondents aged 18 and over in all regions of Ukraine (118 populated localities), with the exception of annexed Crimea and the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The margin of error does not exceed 2.3% with a probability of 0.95.