According to the survey of the Sociological group "Rating" Ukrainians are satisfied with the fact that EURO 2012 took place in Ukraine, they praised the quality of organization of the Championship and, in the first place, they believe the country has acquired prestige. However, Ukrainians recognize that EURO was “above Ukraine’s means”, also during its organization there were mass embezzlements of public funds.
Thus, 21% of respondents believe that the organization and conduct of EURO 2012 in Ukraine were top-level, 54% - normal-level, yet could be better. Only 8% of respondents rated the organization of EURO in the country as low-level.
77% of respondents consider that foreign fans had to be satisfied with their stay in Ukraine during Euro 2012. Only 8% have the opposite opinion.
Residents of the East of the country (more often young people, mostly men) estimated the quality of organization of EURO more positively. Less positively – residents of the West and the South.
78% of respondents believe that EURO has enabled Ukraine to show its good side to Europe, only 10% - have the opposite view. The thesis was equally supported by both residents of the West and of the East.
However, almost as many (75%) agree that the Championship was too expensive for the country. Interestingly, this thesis was also almost equally supported by both residents of the West and of the East, mostly by supporters of Batkivshchyna and the CPU.
Almost 60% of respondents believe that the conduct of Euro-2012 in Ukraine gave an impulse to the development of the state, a quarter – disagree with this notion. This idea is more popular among supporters of the Party of Regions and the "undecided" group. However, interestingly, in the West the idea is shared by more respondents than in the East and even more than in the South.
However, almost 70% of respondents believe that during preparations for the Championship in Ukraine there were large-scale embezzlements of public funds, only 7% - disagree with this. The thesis is the most popular in the West, in the Center and in the South of the country, the least popular - in the East. About one half of supporters of the Party of Regions, about 70% of supporters of the CPU, Freedom and UDAR and more than 80% of supporters of Batkivshchyna think so.
Despite all this, 73% of respondents (mostly in the West and among supporters of UDAR) are sure that it is very good that the Championship was held in Ukraine. And the idea that Ukraine had to refuse the conduct of the Championship is shared by only 16%, mostly in the Center and among supporters of Freedom and the CPU.
ESTIMATES OF EURO FROM THE STANDPOINT OF FOOTBALL
Almost 30% of respondents watched most matches of the Championship from group stage to the final, other 20% - only watched quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final and every tenth – only the final. Thus, in general, to a degree, almost 60% of Ukrainians watched EURO 2012 matches.
It should be added that according to the research conducted by the Sociological group "Rating" before EURO (in May), almost a half of Ukrainians intended to watch matches of the Championship, which was already more than the World Cup 2010, which interested less than 40% of Ukrainians. Thus, during the Championship the interest for EURO has only increased (from 50 to 60%) and this was due to the increase in the audience of final matches. The increase in the audience occurred in all age groups, also the audience included a substantial number of women. There was a certain "fashion" for EURO.
Almost a half (48%) of respondents are satisfied with the performance of the Ukrainian team at Euro 2012, although only 12% of fans were definitely satisfied. Among active fans two-thirds were satisfied with the team performance, a quarter - definitely satisfied.
Emotional assessments are definitely present here, because more than a half of respondents who only watched quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals (where Ukraine team has not played) also expressed satisfaction with the performance of our team. It can be assumed that such estimates were affected by the overall positive impression from EURO-2012 as a phenomenon.
A quarter of respondents were not satisfied with the performance of Ukrainian team (among active fans - almost 30%).
The Championship has greatly increased the interest to football in the country - compared with 2009, the number of respondents who consider themselves football fans increased from 33 to 48%. This phenomenon is likely situational, as the number of fans has not changed (6%), the number of respondents who consider themselves active supporters has slightly increased (from 10 to 14%) and the number of so-called inactive fans has increased significantly (from 18 to 29%).
Every fifth woman considers herself to be an inactive fan (active - only 7%). One third of men described themselves as active fans, almost 40% - as inactive fans.
The most active supporters are young people, city residents. In the West people are a lot more interested in football than in the South. We observe a direct correlation: in the region that did not host EURO matches, the least number of people joined the ranks of soccer fans.
The lowest number of football fans is among supporters of the CPU (elderly people prevail), the party "Ukraine – Forward!" (women prevail) and among the "undecided." Supporters of UDAR, the Party of Regions and Batkivshchyna are more interested in football.
The target audience of the research: the population of Ukraine aged from 18 and older. Optional quantity: 1200 respondents. The methods of investigation: personal formalized interview according to the questionnaire (face to face). Measure of inaccuracy for the values close to 50% is less than 2.8%, for the values close to 30% – less than 2.6%, for the values close to 10% – less than 1.7. The period of completion: 1-11 of September 2012
The oblast’ distribution:
West: Volyns’ka, Transcarpathia, Ivano–Frankivs’ka, L’vivs’ka, Rivnens’ka, Ternopil’s’ka, Khmel’nyts’ka, Chernivets’ka.
Centre: Vinnyts’ka, Kirovograds’ka, Poltavs’ka, Cherkas’ka, Kyiv, Kyivs’ka, Zhytomyrs’ka, Sums’ka, Chernihivs’ka.
South: AR Crimea, Odes’ka, Khersons’ka, Zaporiz’ka, Mykolaivs’ka, Sevastopol
East: Dnipropetrovs’ka, Kharkivs’ka, Donets’ka, Luhans’ka.