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Динамика отношения к Голодомору

Dynamics of attitude toward Holodomor

Date posted: 22.11.2016 Print Full version

According to the results of the research conducted by the Sociological group "Rating" in September 2016, the respondents’ majority (72%) agree with a statement that the 1932-33 Holodomor (Terror-Famine) was genocide of the Ukrainian people, 14 % did not agree with this, 14 % - have not decided. 

Despite the number of those who acknowledge the Holodomor as genocide has somewhat decreased as compared to the last year (from 80% to 72%), at the same time it is similar as in 2014 and higher than it used to be in 2010-2012 (about 60 %).
The statement that the 1932-33 Holodomor was genocide of the Ukrainian people is supported by all the citizens of the West (97%), most of the respondents of the Center (78%), almost two-thirds of the South (57%), and a bit less than a half of the East (48%). 
The rural citizens are more inclined to support the thesis about Holodomor-genocide as compared to the urban citizens (79% against 68%). Among the respondents whose mother tongue is Ukrainian 83% support the thesis, while among those whose mother tongue is Russian – 47 %. Considering age cut, the number of those who support the thesis about Holodomor-genocide varies between 70 and 75% depending on the category. At the same time, there is a difference in the number the thesis opponents in different age groups: the older the respondents, the more of the opponents.   
Among the supporters of European integration, the number of those who agree that the 1932-1933 Golodomor was genocide is 86%; among the opponents almost half as much – 48%. A similar trend is recorded among those who stand for or against joining NATO (91% against 53%). Instead, respondents supporting entering the Customs Union are less likely to support recognition of the Golodomor as genocide (only 38% of them support this idea). However, the USSR nostalgic moods do not have a critical influence on respondents’ attitude toward the perception of the Golodomor as genocide. Thus, 59% of those who feel sorry for the Soviet Union disintegration in 1991 still agree that the Golodomor was genocide (25% - disagree). Among those who do not regret this number is 85%.

 Audience: residents of Ukraine aged 18 and older. The sample is representative by age, sex, region, and settlement type. Total sample: 2000 respondents. Personal formalized interview (face-to-face). The margin of error does not exceed 2.2%. Period of the survey: 16-22 September 2016.

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