Saturday, December 4, 2021

    ROC in Ukraine loses almost 4% of believers over past year – survey

    The Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine (ROCinU) has lost a number of their followers in the past year.

    This is according to a new survey run by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology.

    The poll data released on July 6 says in 2020, 25.4% of those surveyed enrolled in the Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine. In 2021, their number decreased by 3.9%, to 21.5%.

    The number of respondents with a negative attitude towards the ROCinU has also increased: from 23% to 35%.

    In addition, the share of “simply Orthodox” believes has decreased: 12% of respondents identify this way, without specifying the Church (against 23% recorded in June 2020).

    Earlier, it was reported that the number of OCU believers has increased from 48% to 58% on year.

    The survey was conducted on June 25-28, by computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI), based on a random sample of cellphone numbers with the following statistical weighing.

    A total of 1,003 respondents residing in all regions of Ukraine (except the Autonomous Republic of Crimea) were surveyed. The sample represents the adult population (18 years and over). The sample does not include territories that are temporarily beyond the control of the Ukraine government – the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

    In Luhansk and Donetsk regions, the survey was conducted only in the government-controlled territory.