: Number of Kyiv Patriarchate's Orthodox Church members grows by 14.5% in six years

10:36 Jul. 19, 2016

Number of Kyiv Patriarchate's Orthodox Church members grows by 14.5% in six years

People waiting for the Holy Fire to arrive from Jerusalem. Sunday, May 1. Kyiv, Ukraine. (Photo from UNIAN)

The poll was conducted by Kyiv International Institute of Sociology

The number of church members who attend the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate) grew by 14.5% from 2010 to 2016, while the members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) shrank by 5.8%, according to a poll conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS).

"Eighty percent of the polled identify themselves as Christians, 12% say they do not belong to any religion, but claim to be religious. At the same time, 44% of the respondents say that they have prayed at home at least once in the past week and 62% did this in the past month," the poll said.

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"Social and demographic characteristics of the members of Ukraine's two most numerous churches - the Orthodox Churches of Kyiv and Moscow Patriarchates – are largely similar (there is no statistically significant difference in age, residence (rural and urban), while a difference in education, income, the use of language is quite significant with a probability between 0.95 and 0.99). Despite the differences in the distribution of macroregions, the vast majority of the members of both churches identify themselves as a Ukrainian only (without combination with Russian or other nationality). Namely it concerns 90% of the members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate) and 76% of the members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)," the KIIS said.

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The poll of 2,014 people aged 18 and over was conducted May 19 through May 31, 2016. It covered 110 cities, towns, and villages except for the occupied areas in Donbas and Crimea.

Reported by UNIAN

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