Surveys • Methodology

Quantitative Surveys on Ukrainian Regionalism (2013 and 2015)

Survey Topic and Sample:

Due to the specifics of sampling procedures, the majority of sociological surveys recently conducted in Ukraine were limited to a size of sample (N=1800-2000) that can only grasp regional differences at the level of pre-defined macro-regions (e.g. East, West, Center, South, Donbas etc.). Such approach unavoidably omits the peculiarities among oblasts included in one or another of the macro-region and stresses differences among macro-regions. One of the goals of “Ukrainian Regionalism” research platform is to challenge pre-existing macroregional divides. Therefore much larger than average survey sample (N=6000 respondents, margin of error ≈ 2%.) was designed to be representative on oblast’ level. Both 2013 and 2015 surveys had the country-wide sample of the population of Ukraine aged 18 and older, with representative profiles with respect to age, education and the size of population concentration (from villages to cities over one million). Standardised "face-to-face" interviews on paper in households based on standard questionnaire in Ukrainian in Russian were conducted. The surveys focused on identities, attitudes Ukraine’s foreign policy, historical memory reading preferences, attitudes to language policies, level of religious practices, civil activism, democratic values and anti-corruption attitudes.

Data collection period:

The first survey was conducted in February-March 2013 and gave a very detailed picture of Ukrainian society on the eve of the Euromaidan. In February-March 2015 the survey was repeated in order to analyze the tendencies in Ukrainian society after the revolution.The longitude surveys allowed for a complex comparative analysis of Ukrainian society before and after the revolutionary events. While the 2013 survey was conducted in all Ukrainian oblast, the 2015 survey did not cover Crimea and the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblast’ due to the current political situation and ongoing conflict. The next “wave” of the longitudal survey is planned for Autumn 2017.

Survey Sections:

  • Socio-demographic block
  • Identities
  • Historical Memory
  • Foreign Policy
  • Language and Literature
  • Religion
  • Economy
  • Post-Maidan Ukraine (2015)

Data Format:


Surveying companies:

Sociological Group “Rating” (2013)

Center of the Study of Public Opinion “Sotsioinform” (2015)

The surveys were financed from the grants of Swiss National Science Foundation and Wolodymyr George Danyliw Foundation (2015).

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