According to results of the research conducted by the Sociological Group "Rating" in October 2010, only 17% of respondents do not believe in the successful conduct of the Football Championship EURO-2012 in Ukraine. On the contrary, 62% of respondents have positive expectations. 21% are undecided on the matter.
The most positive evaluations are in the regions that will host the championship: in the North (69%), in Donbas (69%), and in the West (64%). The most pessimistic expectations are in the Center of Ukraine: 55% of respondents believe in the success of EURO 2010, while 26% do not believe in it.
Among supporters of political forces, voters of Strong Ukraine (72%), Front for Change (70%), Batkivshchyna (69%) and the Party of Regions (68%) are the most optimistic.
The younger are the respondents, the more they believe in the successful conduct of EURO-2012 in Ukraine. Men are more optimistic in their estimates than women.
As compared to last August, people’s evaluations of the readiness of Ukraine to host EURO 2012 have improved. Respondents had the opportunity to assess this index according to the 5-point system, where 1 point stood for low readiness, while 5 points – for high readiness. Thus, if in August 2009, the average rating was "two with a plus" (2,4), in October 2010 it was a "solid three" (3,0). The greatest increase (threefold) was in the number of people who gave a "four" mark.
Like last year, the best estimates were made by residents of Donbas (3,2). The greatest progress in assessments over the year was in the North (the average score increased from 2.2 to 3.1) and in the West (from 2,1 to 3,0).
Both last August and this October, EURO-2012 is primarily the matter of the country’s prestige (42%) and new job options (42%) for Ukrainian citizens.
It also means improved quality of roads, airports, hotels (34%), and the opportunity for the country to earn extra money (31%).
Over the year, believes that EURO-2012 is the development of cities that will host the championship, and the possibility to show good sides of Ukraine to the Europe and to the world have decreased from 30 to 27% and from 33 to 27% respectively.
However, the feeling that EURO-2012 is a test for Ukraine to see whether it is a civilized country has increased (from 23 to 25%).
20% of respondents continue to believe that EURO-2012 is an impulse for the development of sport in the country, 14% - new opportunities for the country to enter EU.
Most importantly, only 3% of respondents think that EURO-2012 is not important for the country (last August it was 9%).
Interestingly, in Donbas people feel that EURO-2012 means improved roads, airport and hotels the least; while in the West people believe it the most.
In the North it is most strongly believed that EURO 2012 is, above all, new jobs and additional resources for the country, in the South - the prestige of the state, in the East - the development of cities that will host the championship and the chance to show the best side of the country to the world.
In the West, most people believe that EURO-2012 provides new opportunities for the country to enter EU.
The economic crisis, the corruption in the government and bad quality of roads are problems that may hinder the successful conduct of EURO-2012 in Ukraine.
As compared to last August the number of respondents who believe that the economic crisis is among key issues that may hinder the successful conduct of Euro 2012 in Ukraine decreased from 61% to 46%; the corruption in the government - decreased from 51% to 35%. The feeling that bad quality of roads is a problem decreased more modestly - from 39% to 34%.
The largest decrease is in the number of respondents who see the political crisis among key problems that may hinder the successful conduct of EURO-2012 - from 54 to 26%.
The number of respondents who see slow construction of stadiums (26%), complicated transportation within cities (15%), insufficient number of quality hotels (15%), lack of modern airports (15%) among possible challenges to the successful organization of the championship remained practically unchanged.
The economical crisis is seen among the possible reasons that may hinder the successful conduct of EURO-2012 primarily by residents of the South and the North, the political crisis, as well as poor roads – by residents of the Center, slow construction of stadiums – by residents of the West, complicated transportation within cities – by residents of the North (primarily Kyiv).
Two years together, 40% of citizens believe that R. Akhmetov did the most for the success of EURO-2012 in Ukraine.
Just like last August and last December the second place is held by G. Surkis (19%).
They are followed by Viktor Yanukovych (16% - twice as much as last August and last December), B. Kolesnikov (9% - the first time in the rating) and M. Azarov (8% - the first time in the rating).
Merits of the previous government are estimated more modestly: Y. Tymoshenko (7%), Y. Chervonenko (6%), Y. Pavlenko (4%), V. Yushchenko (4%), I. Vasiunyk (1%).
Merits of O. Yaroslavsky were mentioned by 4% of respondents, especially in the East of Ukraine (16%).
Estimates of R. Akhmetov’s merits have not changed in Donbas (58%) and in the West (30%). They have improved in the North (from 32 to 48%) and in the East (from 44 to 55%). At the same time they have worsened in the South (from 35 to 28%) and in the Centre (from 32 to 24%).
Estimates of G. Surkis have greatly reduced in Donbas (threefold - to 5%) and in the East (from 26 to 18%), which may be the result of a public conflict of presidents of football clubs with the Football Federation of Ukraine. At the same time they have improved in the North (from 26 to 34%).
Estimates of V. Yanukovych have mostly increased in the South (from 12 to 27%), in the East (from 10 to 20%) and in the Center (from 6 to 18%). It should be noted that most of these regions will not host championship matches.
However, estimates of V. Yanukovych have not changed in Donbas - 14% vs. 58% of R. Akhmetov and 22% of V. Kolesnikov.
Estimates of Y. Tymoshenko have hardly changed in the Centre and in the West and have decreased in the North, in the East, in the South and in Donbas.
Merits of Y. Pavlenko are mostly remembered in the West and in the North, of V. Yushchenko – in the West only.
The target audience of the research: the population of Ukraine aged from 18 and older. Optional quantity: 2000 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 3%, for the values close to 30% – less than 2,6%, for the values close to 10% – less than 1,8. The period of completion: 4-11 of October 2010
The oblast’ distribution:
West: Volyns’ka, Transcarpathia, Ivano–Frankivs’ka, L’vivs’ka, Rivnens’ka, Ternopil’s’ka, Chernivets’ka.
Centre: Vinnyts’ka, Kirovograds’ka, Poltavs’ka, Khmel’nyts’ka, Cherkas’ka.
North: Kyiv, Kyivs’ka, Zhytomyrs’ka, Sums’ka, Chernihivs’ka.
South: AR Crimea, Odes’ka, Khersons’ka, Mykolaivs’ka, Sevastopol
East: Dnipropetrovs’ka, Zaporiz’ka, Kharkivs’ka.
Donbass: Donets’ka, Luhans’ka.