Полуостров - социальное исследование о крымских татарах...
The Poluostrov (Peninsula) newspaper, #7, February 18-24, 2005
The Poluostrov newspaper continues to publish results of the comprehensive research of the socio-economic and political situation of the Crimean Tatars, which was conducted by the Simferopol city organization called The Institute for Social Research. The questioning was carried out in the Crimean Tatar settlements in November, 2004. 512 people chosen by representative selection were questioned from 10 regions of Crimea.
The majority of Crimean Tatars (90%) are proud by their national identity, as shown by answers to the block of questions on inter-ethnic relations.
In everyday communication, absolute majority of respondents does not consider the ethnic background of the partner. However, 80 out of 100 Crimean Tatars have negative opinion on ethnically mixed marriages.
Crimean Tatars reported high level of religiousness though very low level of observance of religious duties. Only two percent of respondents observe all religious rites. Along with that, most of the respondents reported negative attitude on dissemination of non-traditional forms of Islam in Crimea.
Only 39.8% of Crimean Tatars are fluent in Crimean Tatar language; in everyday communication, half prefer to talk in Russian.
Among most trusted among Crimean Tatars are bodies of national self-governance – Qurultai and Mejlis branches, and less trusted are militia, Security Service and Prosecutor Office.
Most of respondents support the policy of Mejlis (68.8%) and 25% think that Mejlis activities must be more radical. 27.8% say that activities of the representative body of Crimean Tatars is ineffective, and 3.9% do not trust the Mejlis at all. Meanwhile, 85.4% of respondents are supporting the existence of the national self-governance system, though only one of every four respondents took part in actions organized by Mejlis.