Remembrance Day or May 9: almost 40% of Ukrainians want to celebrate both dates
About 40% of Ukrainians believe that in May it is worth celebrating both the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation on May 8 and the Day of Victory over Nazism on May 9.
This was informed by an analyst at the Ilk Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Fund Sergei Shapovalov on May 5 during an online presentation of Victory Day and its place in the historical memory of Ukrainians: how will the state celebrate the anniversary of the victory over Nazism ?, reports the correspondent of Ukrinform.
“The first question we asked our respondents was” What dates should Ukraine celebrate in May? Because, as we know, Ukraine marks today both the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation (May 8) and the Day of Victory over Nazism (May 9). Across the country, the prevailing opinion (39.1%) is that today Ukraine should celebrate the two dates, 32% think that only the day of victory over Nazism should be celebrated on the 9 may. And what was also interesting is that about 14% of citizens believe that we should generally only celebrate the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation on May 8. About 10% are indifferent to this problem, “said Shapovalov.
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In addition, according to the regional distribution among the respondents, the dominant opinion concerns the celebration of the two dates, in particular, we are talking about the western, central and southern regions. At the same time, in the east, 42.3% of the population (against 40.5%) adhere to the position that in May, only the day of victory over Nazism should be celebrated.
“It is also interesting to note that in the western region, almost a quarter of citizens believe that Ukraine should not celebrate today until May 8,” said the expert.
As for the age distribution, according to the study, both among the young and the elderly, more than a third of those questioned are in favor of celebrating the two observances.
“At the same time, if we compare the age groups of 70+ and 18-29 year olds, we find that among the elderly, 20% more than those who believe that it is necessary to celebrate only May 9. But again, we don’t see any fundamental difference in the results of the investigation, ”said Shapovalov.
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In addition, 32.2% of those questioned believe that on the day of the victory of the anti-Hitler coalition during the Second World War and the contribution of the Ukrainian people are celebrated on May 9, 52.5% support the position that it it is the day of the victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War, and more than 15% of the citizens questioned are indifferent or have not yet decided on their attitude.
“We can also say that among young people there is more indifference on this subject, that is about 10% in the two categories of young people (groups of 18-29 and 30-39 years old) say that for them it is fair a day off (May 9 – NDE), which provides an opportunity to spend time with friends and relatives, ”said Shapovalov.
A national study was carried out by the Ilk Kucheriv Foundation for Democratic Initiatives in collaboration with the International Institute of Sociology in Kiev from April 17 to 22, 2020 in all regions of Ukraine, except Crimea and the occupied territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. The study was carried out using the CATI method (telephone interviews using a computer) based on a random sample of mobile telephone numbers. The sample is representative of the adult population (aged 18 and over) of Ukraine. The statistical error of the sample does not exceed 2.2%.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru