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 Polls: Record Increase in Ukrainian Patriotism – 82%

August, 2012 has seen a record growth of patriotism in Ukraine. Thus, in the past half a year the number of Ukrainians who consider themselves to be patriots grew from 73 to 82%.

These published numbers are based on the results of the Rating Sociological Group's latest research, reports NBN.

Compared to the indicators of two years ago, the number of those who consider themselves to be patriots of their country grew from 77 to 82%, and in comparison to the data from half a year ago the growth is even more rapid - from 73 to 82%.

It shall be marked that 40% of the respondents unambiguously consider themselves to be patriots and 42% say rather yes than no. Only 10% do not consider themselves to be patriots. Another 8% have not undecided.

The most substantial increase of patriotic feelings was recorded in the east of the country, Donbas as well as the west and the north. On the contrary, the south demonstrates opposite tendencies.

Sociologists emphasize that growth of patriotism is particularly noticeable in the regions that hosted the Euro-2012 matches. That is why it can be assumed that the increase is mostly related to this event.

Ukrainians, first of all, consider the following to be a matter of pride for their country: the people, the place where they were born and grew up (34%), the land, the territory where they are living (29%), national songs, holidays, traditions (27%).

The source of pride is also the nature (26%), the country's past and history (25%), being a hard-working and house-proud nation (25%), the great people of the Ukrainian nationality (24%).

Also the pride is rised by the people's character traits (22%), literature and art (11%), ancestors' graves and their memory (11%), the flag, coat of arms and anthem (4%). The minimal amount of pride refers to the military strength of the state - only 1%.

 
 
 
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