Easter celebration and the ban of the moscow patriarchate in Ukraine

April 2023
Plans to celebrate Easter and the ban of the moscow patriarchate

90% of surveyed Ukrainians plan to celebrate Easter this year (or have already celebrated on April 9). These are the results of a survey conducted by Gradus Research on the eve of the holiday.

The majority of respondents (95%) consider themselves to be Eastern Rite Christians, so they will celebrate Easter on April 16.

More than a half of them (53%) plan to visit a church in the coming days, with the highest number of those willing to go to church on Saturday and Sunday. It is worth noting that compared to 2021, the share of those who plan to attend church on Easter holidays has increased from 42% to 53%.

Plans to attend church on Easter

As for recent events in Ukraine related to the activities of the russian orthodox church (ROC), the vast majority of respondents (88%) have heard that the monks of the ROC had to leave the territory of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra by March 29, 2023. And two-thirds of respondents (66%) have a (very or rather) positive attitude toward the decision to evict the ROC monks.

Since 2021, the attitude of Ukrainians toward the idea of banning the ROC from operating in Ukraine has also changed. Currently, 70% of respondents support the ban, while in 2021 the number was just over half (55%). Such shifts have occurred due to a change in the opinion of those who were previously opposed to the ban: now only 9% do not support the idea of a ban, while two years ago there were 14% of them, as well as because those who previously had doubts have made up their minds. The share of neutral respondents has not changed significantly.

Attitude of Ukrainians towards the ban of the russian orthodox church

The survey was conducted by Gradus Research using a self-administered questionnaire in a mobile application. Sample: 1330 respondents aged 18-60 living in settlements with a population of more than 50,000 inhabitants. Period of the survey: April 13-14, 2023.

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