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Attitude of the Ukrainians to public holidays, February 2018

Press-release by Oleksii Lyshtva

The study showed that, in general, the Ukrainians regard holidays with love and respect: only 3% of respondents do not relate to any official holiday as an important or beloved one.

On February 9 –18, 2018 Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) conducted an all-Ukrainian public opinion poll. Data were collected from 2043 respondents living in 110 settlements (PSU) in all oblasts of Ukraine (except for the AR of Crimea) with the method of personal interviewing. The sample was stochastic and is representative of the population of Ukraine aged 18 and above.

In Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts survey was conducted only in the territories that are controlled by the Ukrainian government, the sample is representative of the population of Ukraine aged 18 and above.

The statistical sampling error (with a probability of 0.95 and for a design effect of 1.5) does not exceed: 3.3% — for indexes close to 50%, 2.8% — for indexes close to 25%, 2.0% — for indexes close to 10%, 1.4% — for indexes close to 5%.

The most popular public holidays in Ukraine are:
  • Easter – 82%
  • Christmas– 81%
  • New Year– 79%
  • International Women`s Day– 45%
  • Trinity– 35%
  • Victory Day– 31%
  • Independence Day of Ukraine– 16%

The least popular public holidays among the Ukrainians are Day of Defender of Ukraine (11%), Day of International Solidarity of Workers (9%) and Day of the Constitution (5%).

Compared to 2017. the number of those who consider International Women's Day and Victory Day their favorite holidays has decreased (from 49% to 45%, and from 37% to 31%, respectively). However, there is an increase in the number of those who consider New Year (from 76% to 79%) and the Trinity (from 29% to 35%) their favorite holidays.


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