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What should be the policy of the authorities regarding the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate): the results of a telephone survey conducted on May 26 - June 5, 2023

From May 26 to June 5, 2023, the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) conducted its own all-Ukrainian public opinion survey "Omnibus". Bythemethodofcomputer-assistedtelephoneinterviews(CATI) based on a random sample of mobile phone numbers (with random generation of phone numbers and subsequent statistical weighting), 1,029 respondents living in all regions of Ukraine (except the Autonomous Republic of Crimea) were interviewed. The survey was conducted with adult (aged 18 and older) citizens of Ukraine who, at the time of the survey, lived on the territory of Ukraine (within the boundaries controlled by the authorities of Ukraine until February 24, 2022). The sample did not include residents of territories that were not temporarily controlled by the authorities of Ukraine until February 24, 2022 (AR of Crimea, the city of Sevastopol, certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts), and the survey was not conducted with citizens who left the country after February 24, 2022.

Formally, under normal circumstances, the statistical error of such a sample (with a probability of 0.95 and taking into account the design effect of 1.1) did not exceed 3.4% for indicators close to 50%, 3.0% for indicators close to 25%, 2.1% - for indicators close to 10%, 1.5% - for indicators close to 5%.

Under conditions of war, in addition to the specified formal error, a certain systematic deviation is added. In particular, if in May 2022, among all the respondents we interviewed, 2.5-4% lived in the territories occupied after February 24 (and this corresponded to the percentage of those who live there, because the generation of telephone numbers was random), now due to the occupiers turning off the telephone connection, not a single respondent who currently lives in occupied settlements was included in the sample (along with this, out of a total of 1,029 respondents, 38 respondents lived in a settlement that is currently occupied until February 24, 2022). It is important to note that although the views of the respondents who lived in the occupation were somewhat different, the general trends were quite similar. That is, the impossibility of interviewing such respondents does not significantly affect the quality of the results. There are other factors that can affect the quality of results in "wartime" conditions (see Annex 2).

In general, we believe that the obtained results are still highly representative and allow a fairly reliable analysis of public moods of the population.

Релігійна самоідентифікація населення і ставлення до основних Церков України: червень 2021 року

Переважна більшість українців (73%) продовжують вважати себе православними. Ще 9% вважають себе греко-католиками, а 7% – атеїстами. Інші варіанти відповідей обрали менше респондентів;

Серед тих, хто вважає себе православними, більшість – 58% – вважають себе належними до Православної Церкви України. Цей показник зріс порівняно з червнем 2020 року з 48% до 58%;

Вважають себе належними до Української Православної Церкви Московського Патріархату 25% (проти 21.5% у червні 2020 року). Крім цього, 12% таких респондентів вважають себе просто православними, без конкретизації Патріархату (проти 23% у червні 2020 року).


Attitude of Ukrainians to public holidays, February and April 2021

The survey method affects the percentage of those who choose certain holidays as the most important or favorite, but the hierarchy does not change. As the date of the holiday approaches, its assessment as important or favorite increases.

The most popular religious holidays in Ukraine are Christmas and Easter (66% and 65% respectively), followed by the New Year (58%). The least popular are Labor Day (9%) and Constitution Day of Ukraine (9%)

How Ukrainians will celebrate Easter in a pandemic?

In this study, we asked respondents the question “Will you celebrate Easter on May 2? If so, how exactly?”

92% of the population somehow plan to celebrate Easter, only 6% will not celebrate (and 2% are undecided).

Among the entire adult population of Ukraine, one in five (19%) plans to go to church on Easter, and 9% - to take part in the all-night service.

The majority of the population of Ukraine does not plan to go to church on Easter. 69% of the population of Ukraine plan to cook Easter meals at home, 25% plan to pray in the family circle, and host guests relatives at home – 19%. 

Information campaigns are an effective tool to warn young people about the dangers of electronic smoking devices. KIIS research

On March 31, 2021, on the "Ukrinform" online platform a press event organized by the NGO "Life" took place, where were presented the results of the KIIS survey on the effectiveness of the information campaign "Safe smoking does not exist", as well as awareness of young people about the risks of using electronic smoking devices.

During November 2020 - January 2021, the NGO "Life" together with the Center for Public Health conducted a national information campaign "Safe smoking does not exist" with the support of the Global Health Organization «Vital Strategies»