Assessment of living conditions of the Ukranian working-age population

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According to the research carried out by the Sociological Group "Rating" in December 2016, the lowest level of daily stress among the respondents was caused by family relations, professional activity, and external environment; the highest – exposure to war and military danger, socio-political instability in the country, corruption, and personal financial status.
Half of the respondents considered their family’s financial status to be unsatisfactory whilst only 15% deemed that they had satisfactory finances for life, and one-third declared themselves to be at poverty level. The highest number of poor people being recorded in the East, among older people and those with a low education level.

Less than half of respondents considered their housing conditions to be average, more than one-third – comfortable, one in five – poor.

42% of the respondents considered that they were fully in control of their lives and were free to make their decisions, whereas almost the same number stated that they only felt partly in control of their lives. 19% felt that they hardly controlled their own destiny, the highest number of these respondents being recorded in the East, among those over 50, and poor.

Only 18% of the respondents reported their social status as high. Half of them considered themselves to be part of the middle social level whereas a quarter considered themselves to be the lowest level of society, the highest number of these respondents being recorded in the East, among older people, and poor.

About one-third of the respondents were absolutely satisfied with their lives, about half – quite satisfied, and a quarter – not satisfied. Almost 40% of those not satisfied being recorded in the East, one-third were over 50 and low-income respondents.

82% of the respondents considered that, if needed, they could get emotional support from other people and 9% - had the opposite opinion. 77% declared that could get physical support and 13% - could not. 69% of the respondents were optimistic with respect to financial support whereas 20% considered that they could not get financial support.

Few of the respondents mentioned their participation in public organizations. Only 7% mentioned their membership in religious organizations, 5% – professional associations, 3% – cultural and non-governmental organizations, 2% – political parties.

Almost one-third of the respondents considered that household responsibilities were distributed equally, a quarter (24%) – performed the majority of the duties themselves, 20% – reported that the majority of the duties were performed by the other family member, 14% - all the duties were performed by the respondent, and only 5% – all the duties were performed by the other family member. There were four times as many women performing the majority of the duties as men.

About one-third of the respondents considered their profession to be prestigious, about half - average, a quarter – low prestige.


Respondents: the working-age population of Ukraine – males aged 18-65, females aged 18-60. The sample is split up into various categories: age, gender, region, and place of residence. Total: 1580 respondents. Face-to-face formalized interviews. The margin of error does not exceed 2.5%. Period of the survey: 1-10 December 2016
Original languageEnglish
Publication year2017
StatePublished - 2017

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