MIP: Results of Second Research of Donetsk Region Residents’ Personal Identity Tags
On 24 April 2018, the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine and Donbas Think Tank, an analytical centre, presented the results of the second wave of the sociological research ‘Peculiarities of the Conscience and Identity of Residents of Controlled and Occupied Territories of Donetsk Region’.
“This research is aligned with MIP’s Strategy of Information Reintegration of Donbas. And we are glad to inform that there are some positive shifts compared to the enquiry we carried out in 2016. For instance, now 42 percent of respondents in controlled territories consider themselves Ukrainian citizens, in comparison to 32 percent in 2016. More than a half (57 percent) respondents admit that they have common culture and traditions with residents of the rest of Ukraine. 72 percent of the residents of occupied territories keep in touch with relatives and friends residing in other regions of Ukraine. Hence, we observe close horizontal contacts between our citizens from both sides of the line of demarcation,” Emine Dzhaparova, the First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, was quoted as saying.
In the meantime, she noted the decline in the level of trust for Ukrainian mass media in controlled territories – in 2016, 30 percent in total either completely or mostly trusted them, while in 2017 the level of total trust fell to 16 percent.
“Given the data obtained, MIP will formulate the message of communication campaigns on Donbas,” Dzhaparova added.
Dmytro Tkachenko, the Adviser to the Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine and the executive director at Donbas Think Tank, said that 45 percent of the interviewees in controlled territories preferred territorial identity, in particular regional. “The number of people who consider themselves Ukrainian citizens almost equaled the number of those who consider themselves resident of Donbas or Donetsk Region. People there are thus beginning to perceive themselves differently,” he stressed.
Further information regarding the research can be found here.
The research was held in December 2017 by the Ukrainian office of IFAK Institut, an international agency, by the order of the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine with the support of Donbas Think Tank and the National Endowment for Democracy.
The key issues dealt with in the research are the positions of respondents on the perception of events in Donbas, the commonest fears, the vision of Donbas’ future, prospects of resolving the military conflict, and the issue of identity.