Fewer and fewer Crimean people want to see the Crimean peninsula as part of Russia
Opinion polls indicate that the number of supporters of the autonomous status of Crimea as part of Russian Federation has decreased by 15%.
Similar results of a poll, conducted by Research & Branding Group for the United Nations show that the first half of 2012 was a turning point in the perception of political and legal status of the peninsula by the population of Crimea, says Krym24.
For the first time within 21 years of independence the quantity of Crimean people who want to see the peninsula autonomy as part of Ukraine made 40% and exceeded the number of those who want to see Crimea a Russian autonomous unit (38%). Thus, compared with June 2011, the share of supporters of the autonomous status of Crimea as part of Russian Federation decreased by 15% (to 38%) in favor of supporters of the Crimean autonomy as part of Ukraine, the number of which has increased by 14% (to 40%).
The number of supporters of Crimea’s independence of remained stable - 9.9%.
According to sociologists, in June 2012, an indicator sense of security of collective ethnic rights also increased. Compared to last year, half (11%) decreased the proportion of respondents claiming oppression of the ethnic rights of Russians.
Remained stable situation with the Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars: the proportion of respondents experiencing harassment in this segment make 2.1% and 5.4% respectively.
Crimean population is about 2 million people. According to the 2001 Census, 58.5% of them - Russian, 24.3% - Ukrainians, 12.1% - Crimean Tatars, the rest - other nationalities