Wartime survey of Ukrainian society / second wave

March 2022
88% of respondents said that their lives have changed "a lot" or "radically"

88% of Ukrainians report that their lives have changed “radically” or “strongly” due to the full-scale invasion of Russia. It’s the national survey of Gradus Research, conducted on March 8 (1743 owners of smartphones aged 18-60 living in 50K+ towns). One week ago, this figure was 72%.

19% of them left their homes: they moved to a settlement within their region (29%), to another region of the country (46%) or abroad (21%).

“Europe has not experienced such a shift since World War II,” said Eugene Blyznyuk, founder of Gradus Research. “The war is coming from the East, and in search of security civilians are going to the West. More and more Ukrainians are crossing the western border — and I have great respect for our European neighbors, who are constantly providing shelter for women, children and the elderly. We all rethink our country, its dignity, its strength, and I observe the desire of most people to return home after the war.”

74% of respondents reported their intention to come back to their place of permanent residence as soon as possible. One week ago, 51% of those who went abroad thought about returning, and 35% of this group planned to stay in their new place. Currently, only 9% are most likely gone forever.

The two main areas of help from the government that Ukrainians expect are humanitarian aid (food, basic necessities) and evacuation to safer places.

As expected, the feelings of Ukrainians towards the northern neighbor has deteriorated sharply — on March 1, 81% of respondents described it as “negative”, and on March 8 — 88%.

Russia’s full-scale invasion has been a major cause of stress for Ukrainians these days, largely due to concerns about family and friends safety. The second most common cause of nervousness is the risk of death during hostilities.

Interestingly, the distribution of emotions that Ukrainians feel about the situation has not changed last week — anger remains in the first place (62%), and it is far ahead of the tension, fear and frustration that follow. Also, the majority of the country's population (86%) feels cohesive.

The full report of the study of socio-political attitudes of Ukrainians during the war is available upon request in the form on this page.

The survey was conducted by the research company Gradus Research by the method of self-completion of the questionnaire in the mobile application. The online panel Gradus represents the population structure of towns with 50,000+ inhabitants aged 18-60 by gender, age, size of town and region of residence. The first wave was on February 28-March 1, 2022, the second one — on March 8. Sample size: the first wave — 2144 respondents, the second — 1743 respondents.

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