The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and Gallup held a research briefing on Ukrainians’ news gathering habits, along with their perceptions of government and the political climate in the country.
Almost all Ukrainians (96.8%) use TV for news at least weekly, including 95.7% of Crimeans. The Internet has overtaken radio and print media and is now the second most prevalent news source in the country, with about half (48.3%) going online for news at least weekly. In Crimea and Ukraine’s southern and eastern regions, pro-Russian sentiment is strongest and some Ukrainian analogue broadcasts have been blocked and replaced by Russian broadcasts. Only one in five Crimeans (18.7%) say the cessation of some Ukrainian TV channels in Crimea has changed their news-gathering habits.
While Ukrainians in different areas of the country have varying opinions on many political issues, the majority in all regions agree that no government outside of Ukraine has a right to be involved in decisions about Ukraine’s future.
The briefing shared data from research conducted April 21-29, 2014 on media usage, a methodological overview and a review of attitudinal data on government and foreign policy in Ukraine and Crimea.
• Chris Stewart, Partner, Gallup
• Bruce Sherman, Director, Office of Strategy and Development, BBG
• Neli Esipova, Director of Research, Global Migration and Regional Director, Gallup
• Sarah Glacel, Senior Audience Research Specialist, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
• Scott Michael, Research Analyst, International Broadcasting Bureau
Date: June 3, 2014
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Gallup World Headquarters
The Gallup Building
901 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
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The presentation and research brief from the June 3 event on Ukraine are available below:
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