The survey of Ukrainians about autocephaly: a third in favor, 20% against, and another third still [infographic]
In the Western regions the establishment of the Church is supported by 58% of Ukrainians, while in the South only 9%.
The establishment of the Autocephalous (independent) local Orthodox Church supports 31% of Ukrainians, whereas the act against 20%. The rest either do not care (35%) or they have not yet decided on the choice (14%). These data provided the Foundation for Democratic initiatives name Ilka Kucheriva and sociological service of the Razumkov Center.
Traditionally, in different regions of the country to the problem of creation of autocephaly in Ukraine look from different angles. So, in the Western region with 58% support the initiative of the President of the country, in the Central – 35% South – 9%, East – 10% and in the Donbass is 18.5%.
Among the supporters of the UOC-KP, the establishment of the local Church support 45% (not support 18%), among supporters of the UOC-MP support 23% support 40%.
11% of all respondents believe this question is relevant and very important, 23% consider it important, but not a priority. 22% of respondents believe this question is not relevant, while 26% are harmful.
In April of this year the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko appealed to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with a request to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.
The only canonical Orthodox Church in Ukraine at the moment is the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. Other churches, including the Kyiv Patriarchate of Ukrainian Orthodox Church is not officially recognized by Constantinople and are not included in the Universal Orthodox Church.
The Tomos of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has already been written
– Tomos is ready. He’s already written. I even know who wrote it – wrote my teacher at the University of Athens where I studied. This is one of the best canonists of the Orthodox world… And the texts he writes, the canonical – they are absolutely perfect. So I think that the Tomos is a wonderful document of canonicity. To him it would be impossible to show any claims. Tomos ready, – said Archimandrite.