The number of supporters of Ukraine’s independence has increased by almost one-and-a-half times in the last two years. In particular, if the referendum on Ukraine’s independence were held in 2013, 61% of respondents would vote for their country’s independence, whereas in 2011 the figure was 47%, according to a survey conducted by the Yaremenko Ukrainian Institute for Social Research (UISR) along with the Social Monitoring Center, UISR Head Olha Balakireva has said in an interview with the Dzerkalo Tyzhnia (Mirror Weekly) newspaper.
“In 2011, when we marked the 20th anniversary of independence, the percentage of those who would vote against independence remained 28%, whereas the percentage of those who would vote for independence was much lower than in 2001, even less than half of respondents – 47%, and there were many of those undecided. In 2013, ahead of another anniversary of independence, 61% of the public would vote for it, which is significantly more than in 2001 and almost one-and-a-half times more than two years ago,” the sociologist said.
She noted that the survey had been conducted among people aged 18 years and for some young people there is no alternative to independence, because they were born in an independent country and this question is unclear for them.
“Independence is not supported by about 21% of those polled. Around 18% are undecided or would not vote at such a referendum – this is a passive part of society that believes that all issues will be resolved in the country without them,” the head of the Ukrainian Institute for Social Research said.
According to the study, the higher the education level is, the more people are ready to support Ukraine’s independence. Among those who have not only higher education, but also an academic degree, the level of such support is 86%. As for the financial condition of people, dependence here is also the same as by the level of education: the higher the financial condition of people is, the more they support independence.
“The conclusion is obvious: the more comfortable people live in the country, the more they are ready to support the country and the formation of the state,” Balakireva said.