About 40% of Ukrainian citizens are confident that they are happy to live in their homeland, according to a survey conducted by Research & Branding Group.
The group’s sociologist, Yevhen Kopatko, presented the results of a survey at a press conference “Life in Ukraine in the Views and Opinions of Its People” on Thursday, a Ukrinform correspondent reported.
“Ukrainians are currently split in their attitude to the fact they have to live in Ukraine, rather than in any other country. Some 38% of those polled believe that they are generally lucky to live in Ukraine, while the opposite view is held by 31% of residents of the country, and the same percentage were undecided on their attitude to life in Ukraine,” Kopatko said.
He said that in the regional dimension the percentage of those who are lucky to live in Ukraine falls from west to east, from 42% in Ukraine’s west to 34% in the east. Central and southern regions occupy an intermediate position on this issue, “in which 39% and 37% of residents respectively believe they are lucky to live in Ukraine.”
The sociologist also stated that more than a third of residents of eastern and southern regions (37% and 38%) believe that they are generally unlucky to live in their country, “while the percentage in the west and the center is 25% and 27% respectively.”
“Most Ukrainians who believe they are happy to live in Ukraine are representatives of the older generation – 43%, whereas in other age groups this figure reaches 34-37%. And, accordingly, one in four older people thinks life in Ukraine is unlucky – 26%, while in other age groups the figure is 33-35%,” the expert concluded.
He also said that the public opinion of Ukrainian citizens regarding their attitude to life in the country was conducted by Research & Branding Group from August 20 to August 31, 2013.
Data were collected by personal interviews in 24 regions in Ukraine, Crimea, Kyiv and Sevastopol. A total of 2,079 persons were interviewed.