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Attitude of the population of Kirovohrad toward the renaming of the city: April, 2016

Main results:

  • Almost whole population of the city knows about the urge to rename the city. Vast majority of them do not support this initiative.

  • Amongst the possible variants of the city name most people vote for “Kirovohrad”.

  • If there were no such option as “Kirovohrad” in the list of variants, most citizens (55%) would vote for “Yelysavetgrad”. Option “Kropyvnytskyi” would be chose by 8%.

  • If people had to choose between “Yelysavetgrad” and “Kropyvnytskyi”, 68% would choose “Yelysavetgrad”, 13% - “Kropyvnytskyi”.

  • Vast majority of the population (82%) do not agree with the recommendation of the Comittee of Verkhovna Rada on State Construction, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government to rename Kirovohrad to Kropyvnytskyi. Quarter of the people who are against this proposition are ready to participate in the protest action.


On April 3-11, 2016 Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) together with Sociological group “Rating” on the request of non-governmental organization “Kirovohradske zemlyatstvo” conducted public opinion poll in the city of Kirovohrad. With the 3-stage stochastic sample with quota selection on the last stage 1000 respondents were personally interviewed. The sample is representative for the population of Kirovohrad aged 18 and above.

Statistical sample error (with probability 0.95 and without design-effect) does not exceed: 3.1% for indicators close to 50%, 2.7% - for indicators close to 25%, 2.0% - for indicators close to 12%, 1.4% - for indicators close to 5%.

Knowledge about the renaming of Kirovohrad and attitude toward this decision

  • 95% of the citizens know that according to the Law of Ukraine “On the condemnation of Communist and National Socialist (Nazi) totalitarian regimes in Ukraine and the prohibition of propaganda of their symbols” the city of Kirovohrad has to be renamed.

  • 42.7% of the citizens do not support the renaming of Kirovohrad, 24.6% rather do not support this idea, 18.2% rather support the renaming of the city, 9.5% - fully support. Also 4.9% of citizens did not know how to answer.

Support of the possible names of the city.

  • Answers to the question “Take a look at the card, please. Here you see the variants for the new name of your city. Which one of them do you like the most?” were distributed as follows:
  • Kirovohrad – 56.9%,

  • Yelisavetgrad – 30.6%,

  • Kropyvnytskyi – 4.2%,

  • Ingulsk – 3%,

  • Zlatopil – 2.7%,

  • Svizto-Yelysavet – 0.5%,

  • Kozatskyi – 0.3%,

  • Eksampei – 0.2%,

  • Blahomyr – 0%,

  • Could not decide – 1.6%.

 

  • Answers to the question “Imagine, please, that you have to choose from the following variants (without “Kirovohrad”). Which one will you choose then?” were distributed as follows:
  • Yelysavetgrad – 54.9%,

  • Kropyvnytskyi – 8%,

  • Ingulsk – 4%,

  • Zlatopil – 3.9%,

  • Sviato-Yelysavet – 0.7%,

  • Eksampei – 0.6%,

  • Kozatskyi – 0.4%,

  • Blahomyr – 0.1%,

  • Could not decide – 27.3%

 

  • Answers to the question Imagine, please, thatyouhavetochoosefromthefollowingvariants (withoutKirovohrad”, andYelysavetgrad”). Which one will you choose then?” were distributed as follows:
  • Kropyvnytskyi – 12.4%,

  • Zlatopil – 5.8%,

  • Ingulsk – 4.8%,

  • Sviato-Yelysavet – 3.5%,

  • Blahomyr – 0.9%,

  • Kozatskyi – 0.8%,

  • Eksampei – 0.6%,

  • Could not decide – 71.2%.

 

  • If people had to choose only between “Yelysavetgrad” and “Kropyvnytskyi”, 67.7% would choose “Yelysavetgrad”, 12.8% - “Kropyvnytskyi”. Also 19.5% could not decide.

 

Attitude toward the decision of the Verkhovna Rada to rename the city of Kirovohrad to Kropyvnytskyi.

  • 63.4% of Kirovohrad citizens fully do not support the decision of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada on State Construction, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government torecommend to rename Kirovohrad to Kropyvnytskyi. Also 18.4% - rather do not support, 11% - rather support, 3.3% fully support the decision, 3.9% have not decided yet.
  • Amongst those who do not support this decision, 8.8% totally and 18% rather ready to participate in protest actions.Also 28.2% are rather not ready and 29.4% totally not ready to protest, and 15.6% did not answer.

 

Addition

 

Distribution of answers to the questions
 
Do you know that according to the Law of Ukraine “On the condemnation of Communist and National Socialist (Nazi) totalitarian regimes in Ukraine and the prohibition of propaganda of their symbols” the city of Kirovohrad has to be renamed?  
 
Yes 95,0
No 5,0
 
 
Do you generally support or not support the renaming of the city of Kirovohrad (regardless of the proposed new names)?
Fully NOT support 42.7
Rather NOT support 24.6
Rather support 18.2
Fully support 9.5
DIFFICULT TO SAY 4.9
 
 
Take a look at the card, please. Here you see the variants for the new name of your city. Which one of them do you like the most?

Blagomyr 0.0
Zlatopil 2.7
Eksampei 0.2
Yelysavetgrad 30.6
Sviato-Yelysavet 0.5
Ingulsk 3.0
Kirovohrad 56.9
Kozatskyi 0.3
Kropyvnytskyi 4.2
DIFFICULT TO SAY 1.6
 
Imagine, please, that you have to choose from the following list of variants, without the variant “Kirovohrad”. Which one will you choose then?

Blagomyr 0.1
Zlatopil 3.9
Eksampei 0.6
Yelysavetgrad 54.9
Sviato-Yelysavet 0.7
Ingulsk 4.0
Kozatskyi 0.4
Kropyvnytskyi 8.0
DIFFICULT TO SAY 27.3
 
Imagine, please, thatyouhavetochoosefromthefollowinglist of variantswithoutthe variants KirovohradandYelysavetgrad”. Which one will you choose then?

Blagomyr 0.9
Zlatopil 5.8
Eksampei 0.6
Sviato-Yelysavet 3.5
Ingulsk 4.8
Kozatskyi 0.8
Kropyvnytskyi 12.4
DIFFICULT TO SAY 71.2
 
Ifyouhadtochoosebetweenthetwovariants– Yelysavetgrad and Kropyvnytskyi – which one would you choose?

Yelysavetgrad 67.7
Kropyvnytskyi 12.8
DIFFICULT TO SAY 19.5
 
On March 31, 2016 Committee of the Verkhovna Rada on State Construction, Regional Policy and Local Self-Government recommended the Verkhovna Rada to rename Kirovohrad to Kropyvnytskyi. Do you support or not support this decision?
 
Fully NOT support 63.4
Rather NOT support 18.4
Rather support 11.0
Fully support 3.3
DIFFICULT TO SAY 3.9
 
IncaseKirovohradis renamedtoKropyvnytskyi, will you personally participate in the action of protest?
% amongst those who answered “fully not support”, “rather not support”, or “difficult to say” to the previous question
Totally no 29.4
Rather no 28.2
Rather yes 18.0
Totally yes 8.8
DIFFICULT TO SAY 15.6
 
 

18.4.2016
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