DONETSK, Ukraine – A new poll finds that a strong majority of Ukrainians want their country to remain a single, unified state and that this is true even in the largely Russian-speaking east where a pro-Russia insurgency has been fighting for autonomy.
The poll by the Pew Research Center in Washington found that 77 percent of people nationwide want Ukraine to maintain its current borders, while nearly as many, or 70 percent, in the east feel the same. Only among Russian speakers does the percentage drop significantly, but is still over half at 58 percent.
The survey results were released Thursday as the pro-Russia insurgency was considering whether to go ahead with a referendum on autonomy.
The poll, conducted April 5-23, has a margin of error of about 3.5 percentage points.