Friday, March 18, 2011

Poll: Ukrainians see 70th anniversary of Great Patriotic War as key jubilee in 2011

KYIV, March 18, 2011(UKRINFORM). The most important dates in 2011 for the Ukrainians are the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great Patriotic War (53%), 25th anniversary of the Chornobyl accident (37%) and 20th anniversary of Ukrainian independence (34%), according to a survey conducted by Research & Branding Group. Meanwhile, the poll found that 18% of respondents believe the most important anniversary is 50 years after Gagarin's space flight, 9% - 20 years from the date of the first Ukrainian presidential election and referendum on the independence of Ukraine, 5% - 20 years from the date of the referendum on the preservation of the USSR. According to the poll, 7% of those surveyed named other anniversaries, 9% said there are no such dates, and 5% are undecided. The significance of the anniversary of the Great Patriotic War increases depending on the age of respondents with 39% for young people to 64% for the older generation, while that of the anniversary of Ukraine's independence raises with 27% for the older generation to 40% for the youth.