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Attitude of Ukrainians to the policy of regulation of information sphere

From September 8 to 23, 2018, the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) conducted its own nationwide poll of public opinion. By the method of personal interview 2026 respondents living in 109 settlements of all regions of Ukraine (except Crimea) were interviewed in a 4-step stochastic sample that is representative for the population of Ukraine from the age of 18 and older. In Luhansk and Donetsk regions, the poll was conducted only on the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities.

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

 

In September 2018, during the KIIS survey, respondents were asked to answer a few questions about the state's information policy. In February 2018, the same questions were studied in a survey conducted by KIIS at the request of the NGO "Detector Media" "Countering Russian propaganda and media literacy" (with a full report from this study, see the link below: https://detector.media/doc/images/news/archive/2016/136017/DM_KMIS_ukr__WEB-2.pdf).

In September, 35% of respondents believed that there was an attack on freedom of speech in Ukraine (this percentage slightly increased since February), 30% - held the opposite view that there are too many pro-Kremlin propaganda media in Ukraine, and that the state and society react weakly (earlier was 33%). Note that a large proportion of respondents had difficulty defining their position (about 35% could not answer or refused to answer).

Please select from two opposite interpretations of the events or actions of the state that most reflects your personal opinion (in each pair of statements, choose one of the statements or the option "Difficult to say / do not know" or "Refuse to answer")

  KIIS, February 2018, research for NGO Media Detector KIIS, September 2018
In Ukraine there is attack on freedom of speech 29.6 35.1
In Ukraine, too many pro-Kremlin propaganda media and the state and society is poorly response to it 32.8 30.2
HARD TO SAY/DON’T KNOW 37.7 30.6
REFUSE TO ANSWER 4.0

 

About half of those polled in September (50%) believe that the prohibition of Russian TV channels in Ukraine is a mistake and only leads to limitations of the rights of citizens (44% of them in February), while about one in three (33%) holds the opposite view, that the prohibition of Russian TV channels in Ukraine is a necessary step to protect the state. About 18% of respondents hesitated to respond or refused to answer this question.

 

  KIIS, February 2018, research for NGO Media Detector KIIS, September 2018
The prohibition of Russian TV channels in Ukraine is a necessary step to protect the state 36.6 32.5
The prohibition of Russian TV channels in Ukraine is a mistake and only leads to a restriction of the rights of citizens 43.7 49.6
HARD TO SAY/DON’T KNOW 19.7 15.0
REFUSE TO ANSWER 2.9

 In September, 27% of survey participants believed that the prohibition of individual artists and Russian films in Ukraine was a necessary step to protect the state, while 57% of respondents believed that the prohibition of individual artists and Russian films in Ukraine was a mistake and limited the rights of citizens. About 17% of respondents hesitated to respond or refused to answer this question.

 

  KIIS, February 2018, research for NGO Media Detector KIIS, September 2018
The prohibition of individual artists and Russian films in Ukraine is a necessary step to protect the state 29.2 26.6
The prohibition of individual artists and Russian films in Ukraine is a mistake and limits the rights of citizens 53 56.7
HARD TO SAY/DON’T KNOW 17.8 13.8
REFUSE TO ANSWER 2.8

Approximately 28% of Ukrainians agree with the idea that the prohibition of Russian social networks is a necessary step to protect the state. The opposite view that the prohibition of Russian social networks is a mistake and only leads to a restriction of the rights of citizens is held by about 46% of respondents. Approximately 26% hesitated to respond or refused to answer this question.

 

  KIIS, February 2018, research for NGO Media Detector KIIS, September 2018
The prohibition of Russian social networks is a necessary step to protect the state 30.2 28.2
The prohibition of Russian social networks is a mistake and leads onlyto the restriction of the rights of citizens 45.8 45.9
HARD TO SAY/DON’T KNOW 24 22.9
REFUSE TO SAY 2.9

 

In the issue of the expediency of introducing quotas for Ukrainian language on radio and TV, the study participants were distributed approximately in half: 37% consider it advisable, 40% - not. Since February, support for the introduction of quotas has increased slightly. About 23% hesitated or refused to answer this question.

 

Do you consider it expedient to introduce quotas on Ukrainian language on radio and TV?

  KIIS, February 2018, research for NGO Media Detector KIIS, September 2018
Yes 33.1 37.2
No 43 40.2
HARD TO SAY/DON’T KNOW 23.9 21.7
REFUSE TO SAY 0.9

 

Annex. Distribution of responses by macro regions.

Please select from two opposite interpretations of the events or actions of the state that most reflects your personal opinion (in each pair of statements, choose one of the statements or the option "Difficult to say / do not know" or "Refuse to answer")

  West Central South East Ukraine in total
In Ukraine there is attack on freedom of speech 32.2 34.0 37.0 40.8 35.1
In Ukraine, too many pro-Kremlin propaganda media and the state and society is poorly response to it 38.8 33.2 23.8 17.0 30.2
HARD TO SAY/DON’T KNOW 26.8 28.7 36.4 32.1 30.6
REFUSE TO SAY 2.2 4.1 2.8 10.2 4.0

 

  West Central South East Ukraine in total
The prohibition of Russian TV channels in Ukraine is a necessary step to protect the state 53.8 29.5 20.5 19.2 32.5
The prohibition of Russian TV channels in Ukraine is a mistake and only leads to a restriction of the rights of citizens 30.5 52.2 64.4 53.2 49.6
HARD TO SAY/DON’T KNOW 14.5 15.8 12.6 18.9 15.0
REFUSE TO ANSWER 1.3 2.5 2.6 8.7 2.9

 

  West Central South East Ukraine in total
The prohibition of individual artists and Russian films in Ukraine is a necessary step to protect the state 47.1 25.4 13.2 13.6 26.6
The prohibition of individual artists and Russian films in Ukraine is a mistake and limits the rights of citizens 34.8 60.3 75.1 57.0 56.7
HARD TO SAY/DON’T KNOW 16.6 12.8 9.3 19.6 13.8
REFUSE TO ANSWER 1.5 1.6 2.4 9.8 2.8

 

  West Central South East Ukraine in total
The prohibition of Russian social networks is a necessary step to protect the state 44.9 27.6 18.1 15.2 28.2
The prohibition of Russian social networks is a mistake and leads onlyto the restriction of the rights of citizens 28.7 48.1 60.9 46.8 45.9
HARD TO SAY/DON’T KNOW 24.7 22.6 18.8 28.1 22.9
REFUSE TO SAY 1.7 1.8 2.2 9.9 2.9

Do you consider it expedient to introduce quotas on Ukrainian language on radio and TV?

 

  West Central South East Ukraine in total
Yes 56.9 36.5 21.5 28.7 37.2
No 17.2 42.3 55.4 52.8 40.2
HARD TO SAY/DON’T KNOW 24.3 20.7 22.3 17.7 21.7
REFUSE TO SAY 1.6 0.6 0.8 0.8 0.9

 


16.10.2018
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